Friday, April 18, 2014

Where Malawian healers crazy saying caution is needed when drilling ?

Gas extraction photo from
Since the 1960s or later, various Malawian traditional healers have claimed that mining and drilling anyhow for precious items in the earth’s soil can cause some kind of reaction to Mother Earth including natural disasters.
According to some Mulanje-based healers this is because various parts of the earth are not supposed to be “tampered” with anyhow and caution is needed.  
However, this blog cannot yet publish exactly what they say happens until their oral stories are compared to scientific explanations.
This blog is not endorsing these beliefs but just repeating some oral stories told for years which they somehow also connected to “spirits” (mizimu), besides their “primitive” scientific explanation.
However scientifically “fracking” among others has been making the headlines with various things said about it. This blog remains ignorant about this issue and is still trying to understand what it is and why many environmental groups have expressed concern about it.
Fracking is defined by the BBC website as the “the process of drilling down into the earth before a high-pressure water mixture is directed at the rock to release the gas inside.
“Water, sand and chemicals are injected into the rock at high pressure which allows the gas to flow out to the head of the well.
“The process is carried out vertically or, more commonly, by drilling horizontally to the rock layer. The process can create new pathways to release gas or can be used to extend existing channels.”
It is controversial because it’s extensive use in the US where it has revolutionised the energy industry, has prompted environmental concerns.
Fracking uses huge amounts of water that must be transported to the fracking site, at significant environmental cost and the second is the worry that “potentially carcinogenic chemicals used may escape and contaminate groundwater around the fracking site.
“The industry suggests pollution incidents are the results of bad practice, rather than an inherently risky technique.
“There are also worries that the fracking process can cause small earth tremors. Two small earthquakes of 1.5 and 2.2 magnitude hit the Blackpool area in 2011 following fracking,” further reads

Fracking allows drilling firms to access difficult-to-reach resources of oil and gas. In the US it has significantly boosted domestic oil production and driven down gas prices. It is estimated to have offered gas security to the US and Canada for about 100 years, and has presented an opportunity to generate electricity at half the CO2 emissions of coal further reads the same website.
However, a recent study published in the journal Geology drew the attention for conclusions it drew about whether oil and natural gas drilling is causing earthquakes.
“A review of the study by Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory quotes one of the study’s authors, geologist Heather Savage of Columbia, saying, “When you overpressure the fault, you reduce the stress that’s pinning the fault into place and that’s when earthquakes happen,” partly reads 
Hydraulic fracturing in the photo from

There have been a lot of earthquakes recently in parts of the U.S. that traditionally haven’t seen so many, including Arkansas, Texas, Ohio, and Colorado—all states where fracking activity just happens to have increased substantially in the past decade.

The Geology study estimates that during the last four years, the number of earthquakes in the middle of the U.S. was 11 times higher than the average rate over the previous 30 years.

“The notion that injecting water deep into the ground causes earthquakes is nothing new, or even very surprising. Whether you support or oppose fracking, is it difficult to fathom that pumping billions of gallons of water and other fluids down into the earth over several decades might one day cause things to shift around, especially when those structures have been virtually untouched for millions of years?”

Ancient Malawi’s 7 Spirits…Forbidden mating serpent symbol?

Beautiful Mount Mulanje photo posted on
As the majestic Sapitwa peak stands tall as if summoning or inviting people to admire its beauty, the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa quietly roar around Mulanje Mountain and its nearest water body in harmony with the black clouds as if to usher in rains so go some of the tales of ancient times in a Mulanje village.
Myths and Tales are abundant in all regions of beautiful Malawi. But for now this blog can only manage to capture some unofficial and undocumented tales from Mulanje which is easier to do amateur research with using SMS, phone calls or visiting the place at least once a month.
In Mulanje and amongst many Mang’anja traditional healers from Mulanje including a few Lhomwe ones the teachings of Mbona prevail.
This group includes the female mizimu ones of Sapitwa who deal with herbs but also winged spirits that have never been human and ancestral spirits.
Some Sapitwa healers like this drawing by Max Dashu with one serpent for healing
© 2013 Max Dashu – image created for Woman Shaman: the Ancients

Then there are the male nyanga ones of “Kuba” who deal with herbs but also charms and the so-called magical nsupa, the African wine kettle gourd and a few deal with the primitive and evil goat horn maula magical oracles.

Now when some of these healers claim to send their request to the 4 winds they chant several names which they have kept secret for a long time.
The most important name is Tomasi Bona which is not mentioned anyhow and connected to the mythical Napolo serpent spirit associated with earthquakes, landslides and other calamities.

This name is also used in the ancient Malawi way of explaining the two ways to the underworld of Sapitwa through a hidden rock at Dziwe la Nkhalamba say many healers in the area but cautiously.
The name is part of the 4 male winged spirits of a positive scientific charge which are also connected to water.
This blog earlier revealed the names with permission beginning with the 4 winds:
Tomasi Bona                                    -     North
Tagoneka Mbona                             -     West
Chandiona Gonekela                       -      South
Nthanda mwana wa mwezi [Nthandi]      -    East

And their meanings?:
Tomasi Bona                           =  the whole world in the hands/feast
Tagoneka Mbona                     = Like put to sleep
Chandiona Gonekela                = It’s seen me, put to sleep
Nthanda/Nthandi mwana wa mwezi  = Sirius star like in nthanda yaku m’mawa African cross and child of the moon
Another one of the so-called wandering one is Mpeula or is it Pewula or Mpewula and the name of the 3 other winged “spirits”.
The 3 mythical winged female negative charges used in battle etc and connected to specific hills or mountains are said to be:
Dziwe Ntambamwana (witchcraft pool), Sungamwana (keep the child) and Ife Zonse (all of us).
Now Dzwie Ntambamwana appears as a woman with reddish eyes as if drunk from red wine, her uncut Medusa like hair flying all over the place like serpents, dancing her heart out seductively on makeshift stages twirling and balancing while moving with beautiful chicken like steps in her bright red dress.
Eyes as red as this red wine photo from the Internet
She is also known to throw herself on the ground to show her forbidden fruit as if acting in an X-rated blue movie.
Oral stories also talk of her telling people about the power in her no-go-zone and that she is not human but a chiwanda (demon)…the most lustful of the three feminine ones in the tales.
It’s is this female autonomy where some spirits are said to possess a person and enter the body from and apparently the same part with males claim some Sapitwa healers.
It’s also from this area where some spirits are said to leave a body hence allegedly making some possessed dancers grab that part when performing because they can’t resist the sensation.
This blog is not accusing any musician or dancer who grabs their crotch when performing of being possessed but this blog is only documenting ancient Malawian history as told by some female Sapitwa healers.
Now some traditional healers dealing with spirits also known as African Shaman globally claim to also know the presence of a spirit by feeling a sensation in that area as it enters and possesses their bodies.
This is why some healers claim the caduceus as one of the most ancient symbols is vulgar and describes a sexual act with a serpent.
·         Online information also indicates that since ancient Mesopotamia “the caduceus presented two serpents intertwined (the central nervous system) around a staff (the spinal column) with the wings (the “swan”) on either side (the two hemispheres of the brain, with the circle in the center representing the pineal gland, or the central sun and psychic center within).
Sapitwa healers claim this Internet photo
looks like snakes mating which intertwine during the act
This symbol in several websites is translated into other languages as “satan,” which some say mean “enemy,” or “adversary” unlike the single upright serpent which is also used as a sign for healing by both uneducated healers and modern science.
This blog does not know which is the correct symbol but this blog is only sharing some oral stories told by some Sapitwa healers and ancient Malawi teachings bearing in mind different cultures have their own ancient beliefs.
Some Sapitwa healers claim a single serpent on a staff is the sign of healing – Photo from

‘Ancient Malawi’s Elderly one with slanted leopard eyes’

Dziwe la Nkhalamba (pool of the elderly) 2010 photo by Menno Welling for a different story
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).

This blog attempts to capture one such oral story told by some Sapitwa healers in Mulanje but never documented. They talk of a time many centuries ago before floods.

Once again, this blog is not endorsing this oral story and names used here are not the same ones used in other ancient Malawi stories.

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.
Leopard with “slanted” eyes photo taken from
Internet but not connected to this story
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, the young woman in her dream tries to look at this bright being up above and before her with eyes like a leopard.

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.
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 is viewed as evil.
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.
This blog is yet to establish if the Chichewa word “mizimu” means spirits or souls in the said oral story told in a Malawi village about how a woman  was given the power of ancient African prophecy and her explanation of “slanting eyes”.
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.
According to an eyelid surgery website from Malaysia, UK trained ophthalmologist (Oxford Eye Hospital) Professor Dr Chua Chung Nen in the Eye Department of University Malaysia Sarawak who is also a specialist in cataract and eyelid surgery says that in “Caucasian and African, attractive eyes seem to share the same features.”
“The attractive eyes are described as having acute shape like that of Jaguar’s eyes.  They have slightly narrower eye opening and more interestingly….attractive eyes are more slanty than average eyes,” further reads

ttractive Jaguar eyes photo taken from
It’s also not known yet if this is the reason why many ancient Egypt drawings have slanted eyes for their “gods” and “sacred three” who are  basically Osiris, Isis and Horus or Ausar, Aset and Heru.

In another dream, the same young woman feels a being again in white holding her tightly to his chest while braiding her hair as if to signal dreadlocks and hair that must never be cut and used in various rituals so go the tales.
Ancient Egyptian eyes seem to have a slant on most drawings
– Photo from the Internet
Dreadlocks or uncombed hair was also believed to resemble serpent spirits and the hair movements of the mythical winged female spirits that have never been human.
Now the way the Ancient Malawi one in the tale braided the woman’s hair was symbolic by taking three pieces of hair and binding them together to mean the three powers working as one including the woman in ancient Malawian myths.
Some healers also claim all female spirits at the astral realms of mountains and the like don’t show their hair but cover it with a veil because it is their source of power in some ancient tales.
Braiding with extensions but using the three pieces of hair
It is said when the elderly spirit in ancient times decided to be born from such women, that woman would become a “goddess” and be given special powers while the being inside her changed her body structure.
After eight months the spiritual being in the body would disappear into thin air and be born from the ocean of Mother Earth goes another tale.
Now the first such mythical being in this specific oral story told as it was uses the name Nyangu, a beautiful full-bodied and dark woman with her colour being the blue of the sky according to one male healer.
Because of her figure and a baby behind her back some compared her to a cow that feeds her children and she was also a queen of the mystical side of mankind and her symbol was breasts.
But she got excited with her newly-discovered powers and fell from grace from a mythical mountain so goes the ancient African tale never told before.
When asked the meaning of the word “nyangu”, he summarized it as meaning manthongo which in English is the crust around the eyes or thin mucus that dries up around the eye when one wakes up or has an eye infection.
Maybe its scientific name is Rheum but those in the know how can share.
Some on Facebook describe the stuff as eye boogers or eye gunk while other funny names online include  “sleepy dust, sleepy boogers, eye discharge, eye goop, eye crud, eye jelly, eye crust, eye bogeys, eye-sand, cockapia, optical crustaceans, blinker smudge, sleepy dirt, and bug dust”.
The man said the word nyangu in that meaning applies to a person who is “wopepera” etc whose English equivalent could be lacking intelligence, dullness or doing something silly?
But those reading this blog who know the definition and correct Chichewa spellings feel free to share.
Beads, a symbol of feminine beauty with meaning
But that definition does not apply to others who use the same name but only the woman in this specific oral story which remains a tale not endorsed by this blog but just giving a platform for some Sapitwa healers to tell their oral stories.
It’s from this ancient goddess story that some of the ancient winged spirits were given names like Sungamwana (keep the child) unlike the other evil mythical one of Dziwe Ntambawana (the pool of witchcraft) among others.
Now in ancient times a vision of an elderly man with white hair was considered to be good luck and the sighting of such a being at the ancient Mwala la Nkhalamba in today’s Dziwe la Nkhalamba area was also viewed as a blessing from the other world.

In ancient times when certain specific rocks turned at an area at Dziwe la Nkhalamba it would symbolize a soul leaving this world because a mythical two way gateway to the astral realm of Sapitwa was believed to be there.
For most of us such stories sound funny and like fairy tales but for some healers of Malawi these are ancient oral stories they treasure near their hearts of a land beyond the imagination and behind the astral realms of mountains and hills including the highest peak of Mount Mulanje locally known as Sapitwa, where no man goes… don’t go there say healers in their various myths and tales!
Watch this space for more oral stories, myths and tales never documented before.
Drawing of Makewana not related to this article when ancient Malawi women were powerful –
 © 2013 Max Dashu – image created for Woman Shaman: the Ancients

Monday, April 14, 2014

‘Mbona, ancient Malawi’s Osiris and Dweller of “Funeral Mountain”

Dziwe la Nkhalamba (pool for the elderly) – 
Photo by Menno Welling taken in 2010 for a different story
It was ten years ago on 13 April, 2004 when a Malawian village woman had a strange dream and saw the letters MBONA and blue deep water as chairs and tables were floating on top.
This woman also saw the colour black which symbolizes dark clouds which bring rain.
Malawi’s ancient Mbona was viewed as a rainmaker although in reality he only pointed his two-edged kandalanga sword to the North for Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe to bring rain claim some Mulanje-based elders.
Mbona illustration from
Mtunda, Chichewa for Standard 8 book
Black in ancient Egypt was also said to be the colour of the life-giving silt left by the Nile inundation, which led to the ancient name for the country Kemet meaning the “black land” according to some internet sources.
The colour black was seen as symbolizing fertility, new life, and resurrection as seen through the yearly agricultural cycle and it also was the colour of Osiris, the “black one” and the “resurrected god of the dead” and “Dweller in the Funeral Mountain” according to various internet sources.
For the women of Sapitwa, black also symbolizes Mbona who came back to life and is viewed as the dweller of the mountain of the dead known as the mythical realm of Sapitwa.
Mbona like ancient Egypt’s Osiris is considered to be a ruler of the underworld but not Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) who remains the Creator of this Universe and the One and Only Almighty forever and ever.
Now in the symbolic Napolo dream the woman was near shallow water but could clearly see spiral shapes in the water ahead of her which in her eyes resembled a serpent spirit and left a strange mark in the whirlpool.
Osiris statue taken from
She kept a distance because in real life she feared deep water and cannot swim and the spirals looked like they would draw her into an unknown place.
There was also an elderly man with a hexagon shaped head and yellow measuring tape in his right hand earlier in the dream. He showed her a dilapidated building on top of a mountain and he was measuring it as she watched.
The man kept showing her the measurements and took her on a tour inside as she paid attention to the details and drawings on the walls which will be documented as some aspects of ancient Malawi history after verifying with experts.
He then showed her a small stream and she could see a big silver fish in there. The man then gave her a huge two-edged sword with a golden handle to catch the fish which looked like chambo but she refused as the thought terrified her.
She also had a vision of the Wild African Custard Apple tree locally known as Mpoza which in ancient times would burn on its own to symbolize the presence of Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
Internet photo of African Custard Apple Tree (Mpoza)
Its orange dancing flames would engulf the tree which would somehow not burn up so go oral ancient Malawi stories.
Online research and a quick message to an elder in Lilongwe has confirmed that ancient kings and people of this land believed the Wild African Custard Apple tree locally known as Mpoza will light up with fire to represent the presence of Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) in their beliefs.
Now centuries ago the ancestors of this land used to offer sacrifices (nsembe) at the Wild Custard Apple Tree locally known as Mpoza used for prayers or requests to their God.
These sacrifices are either traditional beer, thobwa (sweet beer) or maize flour among other things. Similar things are captured in the book ‘Galu Wamkota: Missiological Reflections from South-Central Africa’ by Ernst R. Wendland, Salimo Hachibamba and posted online on

“The kachisi shrine itself had to be built underneath the tree known as mpoza or katsongle. The people believed that only God comes through those trees and not through any other tree.
“In their songs they praised their God by saying Chauta wathu mwalandira nsembe zathu, mutikondadi Namalenga wathu; mwalandira nsembe wathu mutikondadi Mphambe wathu, mwalandira nsembe zathu, mutikondadi. (Our God, you have received our offerings, you truly love us, our Creator; you have received our offerings, you truly love us, our Almighty One, you truly love us!”
“Notice here that there are three names for the God whom we mentioned: First we have Chauta meaning God of Gods, then Namalenga, the Creator, finally Mphambe, the all powerful God. All these names are given to the same God,” further reads the book.
The Mpoza tree is also valued by healers throughout Malawi who follow the teachings of Mbona.
However, the official and accepted Mbona story by the valuable custodians of that culture is documented under Unesco’s Khulubvi and Associated Mbona Sacred Rain Shrines world heritage site.

Photo taken from
“Khulubvi sacred shrine is located in Nsanje District, in the lower Shire Valley in Southern Region of Malawi, It is an important spiritual place among the people of Mang’anja tribe. It is a place where the Mang’anja worship the spirit of Mbona.
“According to Mang’anja oral tradition, Mbona was a legendary figure with super human powers who lived in the area during the rise of the Lundu Kingdom.
Mbona is said to have had magic powers of bringing rain, creating wells of water on sandy lands, creating forests where they did not exist and hiding from enemies by turning into other creatures such as guinea fowls.
“It is said that Mbona’s uncle Mlauli, who was also a magician envied his nephew and wanted to kill Mbona. Mlauli, however, failed to kill Mbona because he wished to die on his own by telling Mlauli and his enemies to cut his throat with a leaf of a reed after other weapons had failed to harm him.
“His head was cut and placed at Khulubvi sacred groove, where the shrine exists today. People who knew his magic works began coming to the place periodically to worship the spirit of Mbona.
A traditional hut within Khulubvi natural thicket of approximately 100 square metres was constructed as a worshipping site,” further reads the Unesco cultural heritage website about Mbona.
Some ancestors believed Mbona was “gifted with powers from the heavens” and would invoke the rains during a drought using his two-edged knife/sword locally known as kandalanga to point to the north to provoke the four winds which consist of the north, south, west and east to form the ancient African cross used by some village “Mbona healers”.
Deep blue ocean water from the Internet

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ancient Malawi’s mythical spirits of seduction, sun….from Pewula to Greek Pan?

WARNING: Some parts of this oral story are graphic.  This blog also needs the correct spelling of Pewula, is it that or Mpewula or Mpeula?
Red wine photo from

A woman with reddish eyes as if drunk from red wine, her uncut Medusa like hair flying all over the place like serpents, dances her heart out seductively on the makeshift stage twirling and balancing while moving with beautiful chicken like steps in her bright red dress.
All of a sudden the woman throws herself to the ground and shocks the small audience by spreading her legs wide apart to reveal her forbidden fruit as if acting in an X-rated blue movie.
Still in that position she dances on like a crude strip dancer not caring what normal human beings think about it because she’s trying to tell the audience that there is power in her no-go zone.
She’s also telling people that she’s not human but a demon……the most lustful of the three feminine ones so go some oral stories.
It’s is this female autonomy where some spirits are said to possess a person and enter the body from and apparently the same part with males claim some Sapitwa healers.
It’s also from this area where some spirits are said to leave a body hence allegedly making some possessed dancers grab that part when performing because they can’t resist the sensation.
This blog is not accusing any musician or dancer who grabs their crotch when performing of being possessed but this blog is only documenting ancient Malawian history as told by some female Sapitwa healers.
Now some traditional healers dealing with spirits also known as African Shaman globally claim to also know the presence of a spirit by feeling a sensation in that area as it enters and possesses their bodies.
A Shaman online is defined as a practice that involves a practitioner reaching altered states of consciousness in order to encounter and interact with the spirit world and channel these transcendental energies into this world.
 A shaman is a person regarded as having access to, and influence in, the world of benevolent and malevolent spirits, who typically enters into a trance state during a ritual according to information posted on

This is why such healers have to be trained by an experienced person to be able to control invading spirits and be able to differentiate the good ones from the evil ones including those that have never been human before but remain winged spirits.
According to one female Sapitwa healer, there are different spirits in the astral realm and not all are good but can be harmful and destructive.
She claims that once the veil is removed from a person’s face and their eyes see, they are also able to see the spirit world which includes both good and evil.
She also claims a healer should be able to differentiate between winged spirits which us Christians call angels and demons.
The demonic ones are said to sometimes appear as people for those whose eyes are “opened” and they can all of a sudden become white and as tall as a giant sparking fear in those who are not prepared or taught how to handle such issues.
However healers dealing in nyanga with their narrow necked African wine kettle gourd locally known as nsupa and so-called magic tricks (matsenga) are believed to sometimes tap into the spiritual realm.
At times they claim a healer can see the “unseen” and to avoid being labeled mad or insane, they are able to handle such sights including those that appear as creatures or deformed.
Now the difference with us Christians is that in ancient times ziwanda (demons) were also used for female energy power when fighting wars or solving conflicts by healers and their ancient kings.
Male healers who use the African Wine Kettle gourd locally known as nsupa also dress it’s “narrow waist” with beads to make it look like a woman and the feminine source of energy for their powers.
African waistbeads photo from the Internet
In their ignorant minds some of the ancestors of this land thought all spirits came from the same source unlike us Christians who separate good spirits from evil spirits.
Now of these winged spirits of Sapitwa and Kuba are the 7 which include the 4 winged male spirits of Tomasi Bona, Tagoneka Mbona, Chandiona Gonekela and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi.
Tomasi Bona was the most feared spirit of the North wind and the meaning of his name was “the whole world in one’s hands” while Tagoneka Mbona meant “we have put to sleep Mbona” and Chandiona Gonekela meant “they have seen me put to sleep” and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi meant “Sirius star like in nthanda yaku m’mawa African cross and child of the moon.
The 3 female mythical winged “spirits” were Dziwe Ntambamwana (witchcraft), Sungamwana (keep the child) and Ife Zonse (all of us).
Mwana which means child in English also refers to adults in the Sapitwa definition as a child (mwana) is also defined as a person who is naked and does not know magic.
Another one of the spirits is the wandering one known as Pewula but this blog is still not sure of the spelling as the Sapitwa source cannot read and write this alphabet so spellings are according to the way the words are pronounced.
Pewula appears as an elderly short man who can suddenly grow tall and appear bright white claim some healers.  His face has a pointed nose and he has slight high cheek bones.
African wine kettle gourd photo not connected to this story from,%20African%20Wine%20Kettle.html
This blog through research sees some similarities in this ancient Malawi oral story with that of Greek mythology proving some similarities in ancient beliefs of some cultures spread throughout the world including ancient Egypt.
In Greek religion and mythology, Pan is defined as the “god of the wild, shepherds and flocks, nature of mountain wilds, hunting and rustic music, and companion of the nymphs.”

Pan is famous for his sexual powers, and is often depicted with a phallus.

“His name originates within the Ancient Greek language, from the word paein (πάειν), meaning “to pasture.” He has the hindquarters, legs, and horns of a goat, in the same manner as a faun or satyr.

With his homeland in rustic Arcadia, he is recognized as the god of fields, groves, and wooded glens; because of this, Pan is connected to fertility and the season of spring. The ancient Greeks also considered Pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.

In Roman religion and myth, Pan’s counterpart was Faunus, a nature god who was the father of Bona Dea, sometimes identified as Fauna. In the 18th and 19th centuries, Pan became a significant figure in the Romantic movement of western Europe and also in the 20th-century Neopagan movement,” partly reads

“One of the famous myths of Pan involves the origin of his pan flute, fashioned from lengths of hollow reed. “

Echo was a nymph who was a great singer and dancer and scorned the love of any man. This angered Pan, a lecherousgod, and he instructed his followers to kill her. Echo was torn to pieces and spread all over earth. The goddess of the earth,Gaia, received the pieces of Echo, whose voice remains repeating the last words of others.”

In 1933, the Egyptologist Margaret Murray published the book, The god of the Witches, in which she theorised that Pan was merely one form of a horned god who was worshipped across Europe by a witch-cult.
Pan drawing from

This theory influenced the Neopagan notion of “the Horned god, as an archetype of male virility and sexuality.”

A modern account of several purported meetings with Pan is given by Robert Ogilvie Crombie inThe Findhorn Garden (Harper & Row, 1975) and The Magic of Findhorn (Harper & Row, 1975).

Crombie claimed to have met Pan many times at various locations in Scotland, including Edinburgh in Scotland, on the island of Iona and at the Findhorn Foundation.

And an online book titled ‘Tale-Two Brothers –Morrison-Hutchence author Jacqueline Murray in book also posted on claims that “the Doors were so unique because we seemed to invoke darkness, night by night, of ancient ceremonies or rituals brought through in the psychedelic hot dreams of the ‘60s. Pan, the ancient Greek god, was a great influence on me.”

Rock legends Jim Morrison of “The Doors” and Michael Hutchence of “INXS” are said to have “given a psychic medium riveting accounts of their controversial deaths and the many myths that surrounded their lives as only they can tell them.”

Jim James Douglas “Jim” Morrison was an American singer-songwriter and poet best remembered as the lead singer of Los Angeles rock band The Doors. From a young age, Morrison became infatuated with the works of Friedrich NietzscheArthur Rimbaud and Jack Kerouac, often incorporating their work into his lyrics.

Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche was a German philologist, philosopher, cultural critic, poet and composer. His bizarre key ideas included the Apollonian/Dionysian dichotomy, “perspectivism, the Will to Power, the “death of God“, the Übermensch and eternal recurrence.”

“One of the key tenets of his philosophy is the concept of“life-affirmation,” which embraces the realities of the world in which we live over the idea of a world beyond”, partly reads

Under an article titled “The Poet Possessed”, Morrison would be drawn to working with musicians hoping to unlock the free flow of his poetic dream worlds, saying that “poetry is very close to music”, and that music’s “hypnotic quality” puts the poet in the right “state of mind” leaving him “free” to allow his “subconscious” to “play itself out wherever it goes.”

“In other words, music re-creates that lost world of perception which is inhabited by the dream. However, a poem is not the dream itself. The poem is – in this case – an attempt to put the dream into words. A dream itself is never words but always images,” reads

“It might be well here to mention the oft discussed figure of the shaman, particularly as it is associated with Morrison’s stage performances with the Doors. The 1980 biography says that as a student Morrison was “into the shaman: the poet inspired,” as if the shaman and the poet were synonymous.
Talented Jim Morrison known for his ‘Shaman dances’
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Eliade’s influential book on shamanism was published in 1964, and Norman O. Brown’s ‘Life Against Death’ – which, as we shall see, had an important influence on Morrison in the same period – also mentions shamanism.
The “primitive shaman” is described by Brown as “the historical ancestor of philosopher and prophet and poet … with his techniques for ecstatic departure from the body, soul-levitation, soul-transmigration, celestial navigation.”
When around eighteen years old, Morrison wrote “a paper called ‘The Sexual Neuroses of Crowds’. It is the germ of Jim’s conception of the performer as healer, the shaman who can draw out evil spirits and banish them. Crowds, like people, have diseases that can be diagnosed and treated.”
Music critics also talked of Morrison’s shamanistic performances,  and he certainly played up to that during 1966-9. However, by 1970 he is playing it down, telling an interviewer that “the shaman is a healer – like a witch-doctor. I don’t see people turning to me for that.”
“Shaman’s Blues” is track #11 on the album The Doors Box Set. It was written by Jim Morrison.

And You Tube footage of Jim Morrison’s on stage shaman dances during The Doors transcendent live shows, from 1967-69:

Took this picture of children in Milange, Mozambique admiring visiting Malawian children

Tracing footsteps to lead me home

Greetings from the Warm Heart Africa, Malawi.

I'm a Malawian journalist who grew up in many countries including South Africa, Belgium, then West Germany, UK, Washington DC and New York in the US and I love New York.

Trying to come up with the production of my life and by compiling some of my 1000 poems into a book called ‘Tracing Footsteps’ to lead me Home with excellent photography.

I also plan to film award winning documentaries based on the history of this ancient land called Malawi and the mysteries of Sapitwa and the Sirius star. this space.