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Mystery inside Zomba Plateau’s Chingwe’s Hole

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Chingwe’s hole photograph taken from the Malawian explorer website http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-abyss-of-zomba-plateau-chingwes-hole.html

 

Mystery, legend, imagination and myths more than concrete facts surrounds Zomba Plateau’s Chingwe’s Hole also nicknamed an abyss of nothingness by some Malawian bloggers.

The hole is the source of rumours ranging from alleged mentally disturbed people being thrown in to enemies of some ancient chiefs.

Some believe the place to be haunted by spirits (mizimu) whose origins are not known and whether they are believed to be ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo) or not.

Other Malawians assumed the mentally challenged or disturbed were also thrown down that pit in ancient times just because there is Zomba Mental hospital in the area.

But one thing remains clear and not as sketchy….which is the hole being known as a dumping site for deceased lepers.

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Photo from Malawian Explorer Blog

Those who have attempted to climb inside, estimate it to be about 10 meters deep although villagers in the area reportedly estimated it at 30 meters before it was filled by dirt and other things.

So it has a bottom full of sand or dirt.

According to Samba Sarah Kambalame, the Monuments Officer in Malawi’s Department of Antiquities, officially Chingwe’s hole is a “historical place and known as an area where unwanted people were thrown including lepers and some with disabilities.”

But it is not known if research has been done to establish if there are indeed many bones inside the hole the way it was done with the “Leper Tree” of Malawi.However the hole still has a horrible reputation and is also viewed as a bottomless cave.

Some say it reaches the base of the Rift valley, others give specific depths writes Aku Kalizang’oma in his blog titled ‘The Abyss of Zomba plateau, Chingwe’s Hole’ in his Explore Malawi blog.

“Whatever the case, the secrets that the victims might have kept have long been taken with them beyond the plains. If you find yourself on the plateau, do you have the courage to gaze through the abyss?,” asks Kalizang’oma.

Another mystery is the origins of the chingwe name which means rope.

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Photo from Malawi Tourism website http://www.malawitourism.com/pages/attractions/the_attraction.asp?AttractionsID=25

According to a Victoria Falls online Guide a Great Chief of Central Africa was allegedly Chingwe.

Quoting information from a Zimbabwe farmer’s website the guide quotes a John recalling how as a child he was told “tribal legends by the son of a village chief, stories of a great and powerful Chief, Chief Chingwe, who ruled from what is today Zimbabwe to Tanzania, Uganda and beyond.”

“It was said that the Chief held court on Zomba Plateau and threw all his enemies into a vertical hole in the plateau. In the sixties the hole was discovered, full of human bones, however history has yet to be rewritten,” alleged the website.

So far most known evidence available online is about the trunk of the Leper Tree which reads: “The grave for people who suffered from leprosy in the past.” You can still poke your head into the hollow and see skulls and skeletons lying at the bottom.”

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Leper Tree photo taken from http://www.atlasobscura.com/places/the-leper-tree

Time will tell if the suspected bottomless pit of Zomba Plateau also has evidence of lost human life inside its mysterious Chingwe Hole or if it’s ancient name really was a person’s name or just a phrase for a rope or string in the vernacular one might need to get out of there smoothly.

“Zomba Plateau is unique. A great slab of a mountain rising to 6000ft (1800m), it has vast tracts of cedar, pine and cypress but elsewhere the vegetation is wild and mixed.

“The plateau top is criss-crossed by streams and there are tumbling waterfalls and still lakes. There are driveable tracks right round the top from which are views of such splendour that they were described in colonial times as “the best in the British Empire”.

“Whether walking or driving, there is always something to see. Wildlife includes leopards, although sightings are rare. More in evidence are giant butterflies and, on the lower slopes, baboons. Birdlife includes the long-crested eagle and the augur buzzard.

Accommodation on the plateau includes a luxury hotel, the famous Sunbird Ku Chawe, set at the very edge of the mountain; and a large camping site. Fly-fishing for trout is possible in season and horse riding can be arranged,” reads the Malawi Tourism website about the so many breathtaking places to visit in beautiful Malawi including Chingwe’s Hole.

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Sunbird Kuchawe photo not connected to this blog from http://www.africatravelresource.com/ku-chawe-inn/
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Ancient Egypt’s Ptah (Pitah) Djed like mythical ladder (makwelero)?

A REMINDER THIS BLOG IS AMATEUR UNFUNDED REPETITION OF SAPITWA ORAL STORIES DONE AS A HOBBY AND NOT FOR PROFESSIONAL PURPOSES TILL RESEARCH IS DONE:

“Up from the past that’s rooted in pain I rise” –  Maya Angelou  

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Nkhuni (as in firewood) spirit sketch by my creative artist in a Mulanje

Malawi is a beautiful land so rich in ancient history and with so many myths and tales about spiritual beings of ancient times who were close to chosen women who were given the gift of ancient African prophecy (ulosi wakale).

Such spirits preferred celibate and unmarried women hence some of them were rain shrine guardians or symbolically married to such male spirits usually appearing in the forms of serpent spirits be it a python or mamba, cobra and not the more than 2000 snake types seen with the naked eye found in Africa and elsewhere.

However this blog ONLY refers to SAPITWA oral stories and myths from ancient priesthoods not to be confused with known and official ones. 

 Today black women who were priestesses of Sapitwa are labelled evil in Malawi because most things black and ancient are viewed as evil unlike those of fairer and lighter races.

However this blog attempts in an amateur way to capture an oral story told by a Sapitwa priestess (nsembe) in Mulanje about the love of a male spirit being towards all including black women sometimes viewed as inferior.

As a descendant, she talks of a time many centuries ago when lands in the south were occupied by Abatwa (pygmies) and Abathwa (bushmen).

 

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Took this photo when I saw a rainbow during a sunny day and many beautiful colours in the sky

A young woman trying to sleep in the middle of the night suddenly feels faint and collapses into deep sleep and has a strange dream or vision.

She sees a bright light above her and in front of it is an elderly man dressed in very bright white clothing with wrinkles clearly defining his face and slanting eyes which resemble a leopard.

His loud voice speaking with an echo hits her ears as one message is repeated over and over again with the echo.

As if looking through a bright tunnel and towards the sun (dzuwa), the young woman in her dream tries to look at this bright being up above and before her with eyes like a leopard.

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Leopard with it’s trademark “slanted” eyes photo taken from the Internet but not connected to this story

And then suddenly as if with a big bang he speaks, his loud voice echoing loudly with a message about the things he hates most.

She looks up and still sees this elderly man in white staring at her as he says something like:

Ine ndimadana ndi anthu amene amanyoza mizimu chifukwa mizimu yonse ndi yanga” [I don’t get along with people who insult spirits (souls) because all spirits (souls) are mine].

Startled the woman notices the elderly man’s face looking very angry as it disappears into the distance until she’s left in pitch darkness with an image of an angry leopard.

This “vision” was shared with this blog not as an endorsement but as a way of documenting ancient beliefs as told by the very few who still follow or believe in them.

People who believe in such beings are viewed as primitive, savage and Pagan so such visions were only shared among a few till this blog has repeated them.

There is a certain village woman in Malawi who claims to have “messages” and “visions” but she’s ignored and labeled evil and a witch (mfiti) because in modern Malawi such things are not accepted and are viewed as Pagan which means evil and demonic.

The author of this blog is not endorsing these views but just sharing oral stories and realities of what those of other belief systems say and how the elderly man’s image resembled an online statue of Ptah but a younger being as a sketch was made.

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‘A Striking Image of a Afro American Woman Crying’ – stock photo not connected to this blog but to show the pain of some black women

Leopard eye shapes and leopard skins were treasured and valued among ancient Malawi healers and the leopard also symbolized priests and priestesses and royalty in many ancient cultures including ancient Egypt.

 Ironically globally and among all races Jaguar or Leopard’s slightly slanting eyes are considered attractive and some even seek eye surgery to have them.

In another primitive Sapitwa oracle using the metaphor of Chipako (tag), the Sun (dzuwa) is said to be chasing darkness (mdima) into the pit (dzenje) and not the moon of love and water which is also summarised as Pita Chinsinsi.

Once the sun gets close global temperatures will rise but in a primitive way. Letter D

And in yet another dream, the same Pita male spirit stands behind the sun his eyes staring below with a red rock of fire in his right hand nicknamed zwangendaba by asing’anga which might be sulphur rock, as he held lightly but not yet letting it go so –pita hence Pita (to go) but not Ptah pronounced Pitah of ancient Egypt although there are similarities.

Sapita means don’t go just like sapitidwa as in a place where mere mortal beings don’t go and amapita meaning they go but SapiTWA is most like the PI but not sure if “π” but definitely like phiri meaning a hill or mountain and Sa maybe for Sandawe Bushmen and Twa for the Abatwa (pygmies).

Now this Abatwa/Abathwa spirit with slanted eyes also bounces several yellow balls as if to show gravity and online science sources show that “gravity does affect the way balls bounce. Gravity pulls the ball toward the ground, slowing the ball down so that each bounce is shorter and shorter, until eventually the ball stops bouncing.

The force of the ball hitting the hard ground puts an equal force back onto the ball, causing it to bounce up. It is not easy for us mere mortal beings to bounce from the ground into space.

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Bouncing ball strobe not related to this blog taken from the unofficial Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bouncing_ball_strobe_edit.jpg

This blog can now cautiously reveal that Djedeka was a Sapitwa word used for a mythical ladder (makwelero) with the ancient pillar of black priesthoods which the central pole (mzati or sikili) in a hut represented.

It was this mythical ladder “primitive” ancient black priesthoods believed was one of several things which connected earth to space.

Words are not being created to sound similar to ancient Egypt’s but said by a sing’anga (traditional healer) in a village in Mulanje, Malawi.

Now she refers to the ancient mythical makwelero as lily and djedeka as in kutsika pansi as in going down or kupita pansi which might be kunjendeka or kudjedeka whose meaning is not yet known but as a code of climbing down after not making it up.

 Djedeka seems to be similar to the Djed of ancient Egypt’s Ptah but this blog is not saying it is the one but maybe ancestors as in ancient African priesthoods and not lay people borrowed ideas from each other.

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The Djed Pillar photo taken from http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/djed.html

Djed online is usually defined as “an ancient Egyptian symbol that resembles a column with a broad base and capital which is divided by four parallel bars.”

“The Djed pillar had been an object of worship since the pre-dynastic period, giving its name to the city of Djedu (Busiris, in the 9th nome of Lower Egypt).

“It is clear a stylised image, but there is a disagreement regarding the origins of the symbol.  As a hieroglyph it came to represent stability and durability, but may have started out as a fertility fetish,” reads http://www.ancientegyptonline.co.uk/djed.html

The author of that blog also suggests that the Djed “represented a cedar tree (mkungudza found on Mt Mulanje or mlanje) with its branches removed, the pole to which sheaves of grain were tied after harvest, or a stylised sheaf of corn.

Now corn is maize which was brought to Africa by the Portuguese in the 1500s so it could not have been in ancient Egypt unlike other grains like sorghum (mapira) and millet (mawere) or pearl millet or black millet (mchewere).

According to other online sources it was from Ptah’s name whose name sounds similar to Pita in Chichewa and not Pitala (Peter) that Egypt was derived, as Hwt-ka-Ptah (home of the ka (soul) of Ptah) transliterated as Aígyptos by the later Greeks and Bes was a central African or Great Lakes god (spirit in Bantu languages) worshiped all over the Med he is a Ba-twa or Pygmy he may also be linked to Ptah who is also a Ba-twa.”

Ptah whose symbolic X resembles Abatwa (pygmies) but his complexion of Abathwa (Bushmen) could also be an ancient letter T in some African alphabets drawn as an x.

He also seems to hold in his hand a jackals symbolizing death which in the book ‘Nile Valley contributions to Civilization” by Anthony T. Browder and introduction by Dr John Henrik Clarke is defined as a type of wild dog which “feasts on carrion which must be consumed at a specific point of decay in order for it to be of sustenance.”

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The Djed, Ankh and Was Sceptre looks like jackal on the left and ankh on right – http://www.landofpyramids.org/djed.htm

“The natural instinct of the jackal symbolizes the qualities of fine judgement and the jackal is represented by the Netcher Anpu (Anubis) who was responsible for adjusting the balance of the scale that weighed the heart/soul of the deceased at judgment,” further wrote Browder.

In the same book he also defined ankh as an “ancient Kemetic symbol for life”.

“It represented the unification of the feminine and masculine forces in the universe and the creation of new life….it portrayed both the physical and spiritual aspects of life”.

Likewise in ancient Malawi beliefs, opposites attracted including in the spiritual realm to create Light hence (+) and (-) as in male and female.

Hence there were 14 mythical spirits with 7 above as in the Universe led by Munsandipeze ndine njira (don’t find me I’m the way) hence Pita and not Pitala (Peter) and 7 below as on Earth led by his spirit twin brother Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast).

In ancient Malawi Myths and Tales, the Universe existed in twos hence beliefs that every person has an unknown twin who is not biological.  This is also the main teaching of pigeons (nkhunda) which come in twos so go the oral stories.

SO ABOVE as in AIR (MPWEYA) and WIND (MPHEPO) was led by the Hidden One who is the way and path with that sentence having the ancient hidden SECRET(Chinsinsi) name used in rituals, festivals and the Afterlife.

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The start of the harvest in ancient Egypt involved celebrations in honor of Min Read more: http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/harvest.htm#ixzz44BrpD2Zf

This name for centuries has been connected to the HARVEST and the AFTERLIFE using a mythical path through water to get to the astral realm of some hills and mountains.

That path was however different from the one leading to the Universe which was believed to only have mizimu (spirits) and their Creator locally known as Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) who gave the breath of life hence kupuma and air (mpweya).

And these spirits were given names by some ancient priesthoods of this land:

  1. Mikolo Njinjinji (African Sacred Ibis)
  2. Kabadula Malawi known as Kaba
  3. Saka (the Hunter)
  4. Samba Manja (wash your hands) of the North
  5. Kalipo (said when there’s food to be eaten which is provided by spirits)
  6. Tandipeza (find me)
  7. Munjira (in the path)

However this blog is not saying the vision was Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe whom some ancient priesthoods considered to be Air and the Breath of life hence Moyo and Kupuma.

SO BELOW as in EARTH and WATER was led by Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast) with the mythical 7 mizimu (spirits) of ancient Malawi and the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+).

The first 4 positive charges (+) were:

  1. Tomasi Bona (atom, world in his hands, feast) of the North Wind
  2. Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona, see) of the West Wind
  3. Chandiona Goneka (it’s seen me put to sleep) of the South Wind
  4. Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (Sirius, child of the moon)

And the 3 negative charges (-) pulling with the 4 to make light were:

  1. Chinsinsi Sungamwana (Secret, keep the child)
  2. Dziwe Ntambamwana (magic pool)
  3. Ife Zonse ( all of us)

If one looks carefully that means two triangles hence As ABOVE SO BELOW to form a unique star….meaning the spirits (mizimu) of the air and those of the water (madzi) which include female energies etc.

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h20 water security background taken from the internet

 

 

Of ancient Nyasaland’s chameleon (nazikambe) colours and 7 universe spirits (mizimu)

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Mt Mulanje chameleon photo for a different issue taken from http://ronaldzimmerman.nl/malawi-2015-mount-mulanje/

SAPITWA ORACLE – Chipako (tag): Sun (dzuwa) chasing darkness (mdima) into pit (dzenje) and not the moon (mwezi) of love ….- Pita Chinsinsi  

 

Again this blog is translating and not endorsing an oral Sapitwa word for word into English as the original was said in Chichewa with Pita from –pita meaning to go and chinsinsi a secret hence the code name for the ancient hidden one nicknamed njira (way, path).Ray of light

With bright white hair a handsome figure dressed all in white with slanted eyes appears in the blue sky behind a rainbow before a non-entity woman of Malawi as she stares in wonder at the sight wondering if she’s dreaming or imagining things.

His presence is out of this world.

You see the sight before her keeps changing colours like a chameleon (nazikambe) and appearances so it’s hard for her to tell his real age as he can appear elderly or youthful at once.

When he speaks his words echo with loudness as if singing and speaking directly to her soul or heart and she remembers the voice as the one behind her back during a dream when he loving braided her hair (kumanga) which also means to build.

The dream was bizarre because in Malawi it’s unusual to have an ancient spirit show so much love for a mere mortal being, worse still a woman ridiculed by society.

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Took this photo of a rainbow (uta wa Leza) and colours in the sky using my cellphone on a sunny day but I’m not saying Pita is over the rainbow as he’s a myth

Long gone are the days of the ancestors and the teachings of most ancient priesthoods (nsembe) were erased for unknown reasons and labelled evil because asing’anga as in black traditional healers in general are despised by the majority in towns and used by some in villages where the genuine ones are said to live unlike some quacks in cities they say.

It is because of this that the mythical spirit world has no time for those who despise anything to do with ancient black history.

In yet another vision or dream, the same Pita male spirit stands behind the sun his eyes staring below with a red rock of fire in his right hand as he held lightly but not yet letting it go –pita hence Pita (to go) but not Ptah pronounced Pitah of ancient Egypt as this blog has come under attack and misunderstood as trying to claim ancient Egypt when that was not the intention but only noticing similarities.

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Rock of fire online comet photo

Sapita it means don’t go just like sapitidwa as in a place where mere mortal beings don’t go.

One oral story talks of the sun chasing the darkness into a pit and once it gets close global temperatures rising but in a primitive way.

This Abathwa spirit with slanted eyes also bounces several yellow balls as if to show gravity and online science sources show that “gravity does affect the way balls bounce. Gravity pulls the ball toward the ground, slowing the ball down so that each bounce is shorter and shorter, until eventually the ball stops bouncing.

The force of the ball hitting the hard ground puts an equal force back onto the ball, causing it to bounce up.

“This happens because balls are made out of an elastic material like rubber, which means they can be dented or stretched and then return to their normal shape (think of what happens when you squeeze a balloon). If the ball was made of something softer like silly putty, it would just be squashed on the ground and wouldn’t bounce. If the ball was made of something harder like glass, it would hit the ground and break,” further reads http://scienceline.ucsb.edu/getkey.php?key=2513 

Chochepa chimakulitsidwa ndi kuima pamwamba anthu apansi azafuula ngati mphambe mpolowoni which means SO ABOVE AS BELOW in a code name for the world of mizimu (spirits).

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Bouncing ball strobe not related to this blog taken from the unofficial Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Bouncing_ball_strobe_edit.jpg

Opposites attract hence (+) and (-) in the ancient spirit (mizimu) world to create Light

Hence there were 14 mythical spirits of ancient Malawi with 7 above as in the Universe led by Munsandipeze ndine njira (don’t find me I’m the way) hence Pita and not Pitala (Peter) and 7 below as on Earth led by his spirit twin brother Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast).

In ancient Malawi Myths and Tales, the Universe existed in twos hence beliefs that every person has an unknown twin who is not biological.  This is also the main teaching of pigeons (nkhunda) which come in twos so go the oral stories. rameron-pigeon-nyika-6-oct-08-9.jpg

SO ABOVE as in AIR (MPWEYA) and WIND (MPHEPO) is led by the Hidden One who is the way and path with that sentence having the ancient hidden SECRET(Chinsinsi) name used in rituals, festivals and the Afterlife.

This name for centuries has been connected to the HARVEST and the AFTERLIFE using a mythical path through water to get to the astral realm of some hills and mountains.

 That path was however different from the one leading to the Universe which was believed to only have mizimu (spirits) and their Creator locally known as Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) who gave the breath of life hence kupuma and air (mpweya).

And these spirits were given names by some ancestors of this land:

  1.  Mikolo Njinjinji (African Sacred Ibis)
  2. Kabadula Malawi known as Kaba
  3. Saka (the Hunter)
  4. Samba Manja (wash your hands) of the North
  5. Kalipo (said when there’s food to be eaten which is provided by spirits)
  6. Tandipeza (find me)
  7. Munjira (in the path)

However this blog is not saying the vision was Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe whom some ancient priesthoods considered to be Air and the Breath of life hence Moyo and Kupuma.

SO BELOW as in EARTH and WATER was led by Tomasi Bona (Atom, feast) with the mythical 7 mizimu (spirits) of ancient Malawi and the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+).

The first 4 positive charges (+) were:

  1. Tomasi Bona (atom, world in his hands, feast) of the North Wind
  2. Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona, see) of the West Wind
  3. Chandiona Goneka (it’s seen me put to sleep) of the South Wind
  4. Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (Sirius, child of the moon)

And the 3 negative charges (-) pulling with the 4 to make light were:

  1. Chinsinsi Sungamwana (Secret, keep the child)
  2. Dziwe Ntambamwana (magic pool)
  3. Ife Zonse ( all of us)

If one looks carefully that means two triangles hence As ABOVE SO BELOW to form a unique star….meaning the spirits (mizimu) of the air and those of the water (madzi) etc.

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You Tube Kinematics photo

Another phrase used by ancient healers was SESANA MADZUWA which means RESURRECTION as in rising from the dead.

They use the code DZUWA LAOMBA as in KUTULUKA (COMES OUT) and LIWOMBO is the part of the head which “breathes” in a baby. KUOMBA M’MANJA means to CLAP HANDS in Chichewa/Chinyanja. When some priestesses say Sesana madzuwa that means your eyes are open and you have enlightenment hence no darkness.

Then there is BONA and MBONA with -ona meaning TO SEE and CHOONADI meaning the TRUTH hence akunena zoona as in he or she speaks the Truth… When enlightened the RIGHT EYE PROTRUDES and sticks out as in SHINING (KUWALA) more than the left one representing DARKNESS (MDIMA).

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You Tue tale about the sun, moon and stars

The RIGHT EYE (KUMANJA) and MANJA is hands sticks out like this “Osiris” statue unlike the LEFT EYE (KUMANZERE). Mbona Ostiriza (the last Seer) as in MBONA from -ONA to see and TOMASI BONA also with -ONA as to see has a right protruding eye like a SNAKE (Njoka) and not a left protruding one like a GOAT (Mbuzi).

They call that MASOMPHENYA (VISION) and being able to see what is hidden in the DARK like an OWL (KADZIDZI), the night-bird so the NGANGA as in asing’anga African doctors and healers can also see the MIZIMU (SPIRITS) who are hidden and also the MIZIMU YAMAKOLO (ANCESTRAL SPIRITS).

Sapitwa is SApitwa and SapiTWA which is also Sapita which means “don’t go there” in Chichewa/Chinyanja……in other words where no man goes. Sapita is from -pita and in KUPITA which means to go.  However there are others words that need to be broken down including KEPETA or KHEPETA, or KE PE TA or KHEPERA as told by Sapitwa healers in reference to Cape Town with Table Mountain among other things.

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Sacred Dziwe la Nkhalamba (pool for the elderly) where offerings were made and rituals done in ancient times

Ancient Malawi’s Theka, Theka…balancing stones scale, measuring the heart (mtima)

‘Mtima wabwino kapena woipa or is it woyipa’ – meaning a good or bad heart to mean a good or evil person in ancient beliefs…could that also refer to the soul as a spirit is mzimu?

Some ancient healers of Malawi in various rituals including oracles would say THEKA THEKA (HALF) in the Chinyanja language similar to balancing scales which was done by the one in the centre.

For figuring out oracles they would observe and sense a person’s heart to see what emotions were inside based on their belief system and they would also study the right and left eye to try and read into the person’s soul together with the hidden heart.

Gone are those days but sill worth recording as ancient myths as nature had rock scales which ancestors from priesthoods studied but it’s not known if Sanjika Rock where John Chilembwe spent time was a balanced Rock used in ancient times.

Now  when some ancient priesthoods (ansembe) used Ufa (flour) as a nsembe offering , it was in a cupped hand as K and measured as THEKA THEKA (HALF, HALF).

If the scale mythical balanced then they would say the person is balanced but if it tilted they would read further into that person using their belief systems.

So we have Theka as half -theka as in zitheka as to mean to be possible so using those words we can also say So Mote it be…it’s possible Ase.

Tekha in ancient Egypt was also the weigher, the pointer of the scales  according to the online book ‘The Sound of Meaning: Comparative Linguistics of Ancient Egyptian, Maya and Nahuatl’ on https://books.google.mw/books?id=vDXYMct_fRQC&pg=PA65&lpg=PA65&dq=tekha+ancient+egypt&source=bl&ots=INGAEhF1Yt&sig=G8mE5tK4kyZnxKasvuM9th-HIf4&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=tekha%20ancient%20egypt&f=false

However I’m not sure if that was in relation to Ancient Egypt’s mythical Hall of Judgement and if the scale was like the Western one not balanced as being flat on top like in the below online scroll.

An website for children has a comprehensive guide and fact sheet about the Hall of Judgement. These include:

The ancient Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’
The Hall of Double Justice or the Hall of the Two Truths
The 42 ‘Assessor gods’ or judges
The ‘Declaration of Innocence’ or ‘Negative Confessions’
The ‘weighing of the heart ceremony’.
The role of Osiris, Anubis, Ma’at, Ammit and Thoth
The ancient Egyptian ‘Judgement Day’

An overview of the Hall of Judgement in the Book of the Dead

Now eyes and their shapes have played an important role in African society with some beliefs associating witches and wizards with wide owl ones in contrast to slanted pigeon and dove ones.

In ancient Africa pigeons represented peace and were said to flee a home where there is conflict and constant arguments. A type of mphonda in the pumpkin family is placed by some healers near a village pigeon’s “home”.

Some mphonda are like African Wine Kettle gourds locally known as nsupa while others include gourds similar to the basket shape one on http://www.seedman.com/Gourds.htm

Eyes are also mentioned 502 times in the King James Bible and the word eye some 115 times.  The Big Brother show also had an eye for a logo like on http://www.36ng.com.ng/2013/05/26/big-brother-africa-season-8-the-chase-is-on-meet-the-28-housemates-for-2013/ and some currencies in western countries have a gazing eye as well as some television stations.

In Malawi, Mbona is known for his right protruding eye while ancient Egypt information online shows that the right eye of Horus, son of Osiris and Isis represented concrete factual information controlled by the left brain while the left eye controlled the right brain, dealing with esoteric thoughts and feelings responsible for intuition.

In the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8, in the tale, Mbona’s red eyes on p37 is described as sticking out like a snake.  In ancient times, the ancestors of this land did not view all snakes as evil but goat spirits.

Healers and other spiritual enlightened people were said to either have the right eye of an upright snake or the left eye of a goat which was considered evil.

In ancient Malawians teachings the eyes for seeing spiritual issues and spirits was believed to be in the heart, globally known by some as the “seat of the soul.”

It’s with those “eyes” that some Sapitwa healers like saying “ndakuona (I see you)” whenever they catch a person in the spiritual realm doing something evil like using magic to rob or harm innocent people.

They claim they can see the physical world with their two eyes but they use the eyes of their hearts to see the spiritual world or spirits so they say.  For them it’s like removing a cloth of one’s face to enable them see things of the spirit closely in dreams or visions (masophenya) could that be the reason for the saying “Kadaona maso mtima suyiwala” which in a nutshell means something like “seeing is believing” but literally something like what the eyes has seen the heart does not forget?

Online, the Eye is also attributed to Masonry with the all-seeing eye representing God referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe.  Internet sources also show that the Eye of the Providence is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light and usually enclosed by a triangle.  It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind.

Curious to know what it means in other belief systems or ancient teachings and whether or not this online statue of ancient Egypt’s Osiris (Ausar) has a protruding right eye and an African Wine Kettle gourd on his head locally known as Nsupa together with a fly whisk and mibawa staff?

 

Gebet’a – World’s Oldest Board Game

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“One of the earlist evidence of the game are fragments of a pottery board and several rock cuts found in Aksumite Ethiopia in Matara (now in Eritrea) and Yeha (in Ethiopia), which are dated by archaeologists to between the 6th and 7th century AD; the game may have been mentioned by Giyorgis of Segla in his 14th century Ge’ez text “Mysteries of Heaven and Earth”, where he refers to a game called qarqis, a term used in Ge’ez to refer to both Gebet’a (Mancala) and Sant’araz (modern sent’erazh, Ethiopian Chess). The similarity of some aspects of the game to agricultural activity and the absence of a need for specialized equipment present the intriguing possibility that it could date to the beginnings of civilization itself; however, there is little verifiable evidence that the game is older than about 1300 years. Some purported evidence comes from the Kurna temple graffiti in…

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Ancient Egypt’s Isis, Malawi’s Nyangu of hamerkop (nantchengwa) bird?

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Image Internet photo of ancient Egypt’s Isis (Aset) and Horus (Heru)

“O Isis, O lightning that turns into god, extend your blessing on the people of that time.  You left your will in magical prayer, Lightning: A Perfect Mind, And all your kindness, for your so beneficial gift, for the strength of your light, we praise you, Isis…..

“Daughter of earth and sky, under your form of lightning, you show your dual origin by uniting both your parents in your embrace. You are the true benefactor of mankind, the Divine Mother….

She is a thing. She is lightning. Remember that lightning, or thunder, is a feminine word in Greek as well as in French. Is lightning a thing indeed? In this particular context, lightning is both the flash that provides enlightenment and Isis, Great Goddess of Ancient Egypt.

I am Lightning making the perfect mind.  I send the power to those who come…

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