Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Myths, Tales and Mbona Secrets….Names for 4 Winds of Sapitwa

Mulanje mountain (2)
About 100 kilometres south-east of Blantyre and less than an hour drive, is Mulanje mountain with its famous Sapitwa peak majestically beckoning people to see its beauty.
Mulanje Massif is said to measure approximately 22×26 kilometres with a maximum elevation of 3,002 m at its highest point, Sapitwa Peak.
Sapitwa which basically means “don’t go there” in the vernacular and also known as the mountain where “no man goes” is a place said to be home to ancestral spirits and their god.
It is also forbidden to reveal secrets about the place so as to avoid the wrath of the spirits but this writer will take the risk and try and disclose a little until the right time comes and the spirits decide.
Anyway traditional healers say this god does not allow anyone to approach sacred places but follow several rules including fasting, not going there while drunk, not eating certain foods like pork and mice and not going there while “hot” which basically is after intimacy.
Those who disobey are said to “disappear” into the spiritual realm while others who tread near places said to have certain herbs are said to suddenly find oneself naked and having to be intimate with the nearest person. Other rituals include walking backwards in certain areas to avoid facing the wrath of the spirits.
Dziwe la Nkhalamba 2
The key of all this is said to be at Dziwe la Nkhalamba at a certain hidden white rock said to be the foundation of all their beliefs but no man can find it they say.
The place was once known as a swimming pool for the elderly and those who saw an elderly man with white hair and wrinkles were said to be lucky and “blessed.” Clothes were also said to appear some times for the lucky few.
Some villagers also believe some parts of the mountain are always cloudy in some areas with black clouds. Black is the colour of a cloth used in rain rituals and the sign of black which absorbs heat more than any other colour and believed to signal rain.
Some traditional healers who live near the mountain claim the colour white is the colour of the dead like in ghosts. They also believe that all spirits appear as white and they claim the female ones have their hair covered as it moves like snakes when shown in public.
This is why many of them claim that once a spirit covers a person with a white cloth, that person disappears and joins the spiritual realm.
For some traditional healers known as asing’anga amizimu who claim to practice Mbona’s teachings, Mulanje Mountain is the source of rain.
They usually draw a cross with ufa woyera (maize flour) to represent the 4 winds of Sapitwa as in north, south, west and east but it’s only now that the actual names of the 4 are known.
African cross
The names of the mythical 4 Napolo winds of Sapitwa were Nangumi as in the Chinyanja name a Mermaid but actually also a Whale found in the Indian Ocean and most likely the Blue Whale.
Nangumi was believed to be a mermaid in white with long dreadlocks as in uncut hair bending her back and lifting rocks followed by Chivomelezo meaning all agree, Kwawa as in to crawl and Thawa ndiyende meaning run away while I walk which is something people usually do when it starts raining heavily.
Now of these four Napolo winds, Nangumi (whale) was of the  East Chivomelezo (agree) of the West,  Kwawa (Crawl) of the North and Thawa ndiyende of the South.
In ancient Malawi Myths and Tales Kwawa also meant Mstinje as in River in the same why some Americans call strong winds that frequently blow across Greak Lakes in autumn November witch while ancient Malawi’s were not but believed to be mizimu (spirits).
Children of Napolo included Biton of the South believed to be on “Kuba” mountain which is actually Mt Namuli in Mozambique near the Indian ocean.
These winds are said to bring rain after being provoked by a two-edged sword or the pointing finger and the recital of certain words as most of their rituals involve sending words and requests to the 4 winds with lubani (incense) to their god.
Woman not mermaid and python drawing fromhttp://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
This is what the Mbona practicing healers of Mulanje believe and oral information that has never been documented before.
A lot of tales are connected to the place and well-documented in various books, documentaries and research ranging from mysterious food appearing which one must eat alone to spirits “kidnapping” people who seem to disappear forever.
Now ancient Malawi’s Napolo’s real name was Tomasi Bona the spirit (mizimu) responsible for the North wind and connected to myths and tales about rain, floods and landslides.
Napolo is a destructive serpent spirit believed to live in mountains, hills and mounds but he is NOT Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) who only does good and does not harm his creation in ancient oral stories.
Ancestors believed that the Creator lived beyond the sun and way up in the sky.
Tomasi Bona’s name means he has the “world in his hands” and a “feast”.  In myths and tales he was believed to fight to get back what he lost in the end.
According to oral stories, he originated from one of the M’manga Mudzi termite looking mounds somewhere in Malawi and a lake and plenty of water is believed to be underneath it.
His symbol is a circle with a cross inside meaning complete and what goes around comes around meaning in the end there would be destruction using water.
As explained in an earlier blog, Tomasi Bona also known as atom or aTomu is the mythical elderly spirit believed to lead 7 others known as Tagoneka Mbona of the West wind and sunset, Chandiona Goneka of the South wind and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East wind and the sunrise.
These included 4 spirits of positive charges and 3 of negative charges which are Sungamwana, Dziwe Ntambamwana and Ife Zonse pulling each other to make light.
Termite mound
Is that an Orb or dust spot on the left side of the M’manga Mudzi mound photo?
Now what is interesting is that when said in Chichewa, Tomasi’s abbreviated name is atom or should we say Atom like in the same way this author’s name would be amizere or Amizere when addressing her name in Chichewa.
Now an atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. The atomic nucleus contains a mix of positively charged protons and electrically neutral neutrons. The electrons of an atom are bound to the nucleus by the electromagnetic force.
“Likewise, a group of atoms can remain bound to each other by chemical bonds based on the same force, forming a molecule.
“An atom containing an equal number of protons and electrons is electrically neutral, otherwise it is positively or negatively charged and is known as an ion.
“An atom is classified according to the number of protons and neutrons in its nucleus: the number of protons determines the chemical element, and the number of neutrons determines the isotope of the element,” read online sources.
Ironically there are other foreign cultures with similar myths suggesting atoms including in ancient Egypt.
The ancient Egyptians believed that Atum was the first god to exist on earth and that he “rose from the waters of chaos (Nun)” just like ancient Malawians believed that Atom was the first god (mizimu) to exist on earth and that he also rose from the waters of chaos hence his current name of Napolo.
The unofficial Wikipedia online encyclopaedia describes Atum as being the ‘complete one’ and also the finisher of the world, which he returns to watery chaos at the end of the creative cycle.
Now Atum in the Heliopolitan creation myth, Atum was considered to be the “first god, having created himself, sitting on a mound (benben) (or identified with the mound itself), from the primordial waters (Nu).
“In the Book of the Dead, which was still current in the Graeco-Roman period, the sun god Atum is said to have ascended from chaos-waters with the appearance of a snake, the animal renewing itself every morning…”
“Atum was a self-created deity, the first being to emerge from the darkness and endless watery abyss that existed before creation. A product of the energy and matter contained in this chaos, he created his children—the first deities, out of loneliness…and he’s also known as the finisher of the world,” further reads the unofficial and easily edited Wikipedia on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atum
The spirits whom scholars call gods also do things according to plan and it is believed they relocate from the mountain to a lake hence Napolo said to be a serpent spirit known as Mbona working its way to water where it lives for some time and creating landslides.

According to the Wikipedia, scientifically the “mountain island” rises up more than 2500 meters above the plains around.
“This setting is responsible for the Massifs role as a rain barrier that forces the clouds to come down in the form of rain. This becomes very visible if we take a look at the annual normal rainfalls, on and around the massif.
“On plateau level, at around 2000 m.a.s.l., we annually experience more than 100 inches of rain, however, in the low plains around the foot of the Massif, the annual rainfalls, range around 40 inch. In the plains around the Mountain, it normally only rains in the rainy season, while it rains all year long, on plateau level. The rains are just more intense and frequent then in the dry season,” partly reads the on-line encyclopaedia.
It adds that there are “still differences in the amounts of rain, around the Massif. The south-west face of the Mountain, is the weather side, around Likhabula, Lichenya and Mulanje Boma, which experiences the highest amounts of rain, due to the south-east trades of the southern hemisphere, that drive the moist air from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo into the Mulanje region.
“Therefore the North-west face of the Massif experiences lesser rains, as it is situated in the shadows of the high Peaks of the Massif.”
It is not known why villagers belonging to a priestly clan have always connected Sapitwa to rain way before books and the internet were created but one fact remains, Sapitwa Peak remains a beautiful mystery and it is hard if not impossible to trace the spirits that live there, but there is something on that mountain beyond it’s astral realms say the herbalists.
Sapitwa Peak is also a tourist attraction and it is important for one to go up there with a guide and travel safely to see nature’s beauty.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Malawi National Intelligence Bureau reports or gossip?

Internet clipboard photo

Looks like James Bond secret agent 007 has returned in a different form to the Warm Heart of Africa, Malawi but not with classic lines as “Martini; shaken, not stirred”, and “The name’s Bond. James Bond” but the name is “Chakwera”….Lazarus Chakwera” in alleged intelligence reports implicating the MCP leader that somehow leaked to the media and this is not a movie but real life drama!

The week has been full of reports of Malawi’s National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) which by the way has never changed its name since democracy allegedly spying on opposition leaders and civil society leaders and then the Top Secret documents being found in the public domain.

To refresh our minds local dailies and online publications reported that the “NIB report dated October 16, 2015, sent to President Peter Mutharika and some senior cabinet ministers indicates that the opposition and the CSOs have received a total of K50 million to, among other strategies, organise anti-government demonstrations.”

It also had a breakdown of the alleged money involving people whom in the past have freely taking to the streets over various things without being paid. A son of a late President of a neighbouring country has also been implicated as allegedly giving money to a Malawi politician and being friends with the son of a former Malawi President.

The plot in the report thickened by mentioning the border posts where the two accused travelled through but what is puzzling is that the Immigration Department allegedly “did not get their particulars as per the requirement when someone is exiting and entering the country.”

Where some critical facts needed for analyzing missing in the media reports or the alleged NIB report which must have been analyzed before going to the President as online reports show.

Don’t intelligence agencies provide information to immigration who most likely monitor who enters and leaves countries?  Aren’t they supposed to deal with travel control or border-posts of entry like Mwanza, the airports and so forth?
And let’s not forget over the years a number of people claiming to be agents yet that is secretive and not for people to be able to know them undercover.

One of Malawi’s major donors Britain…well when there is not a freeze…online under a PDF titled ‘Preventing and detecting immigration and customs offences: A thematic inspection of how the UK Border Agency receives and uses intelligence October – December 2010’ sheds a bit of light.

They explain how intelligence provides the UK Border Agency with an “important means of preventing and detecting immigration and customs offences. It allows the Agency to identify the individuals and groups who seek to exploit the United Kingdom’s laws and to develop and implement plans to disrupt them. This inspection focussed on the effectiveness and efficiency with which the Agency received, developed and used intelligence.”

Well it’s a known fact from those who don’t watch too many movies about spies and real life drama in Malawi with the Youth of political parties, that NIB has been protecting the interests of the State against such things like terrorism, organised crime, money laundering, economic sabotage, political instability and monitoring everyone who enters and sneaks out of the country on a daily basis.

Photo from http://news.softpedia.com/news/WhatsApp-Voice-Calling-Paves-the-Road-for-Facebook-Phone-Free-Wi-Fi-Everywhere-477587.shtml

It would also make sense if the bureau provides health and agriculture intelligence when there are outbreaks of diseases in some parts of the country or problems with products creating a serious risk to the health or safety of the public.

So NIB is supposed to be there for state security, and therefore exists to help government formulate sound policies towards its governance.  However the burning question which recent media reports provoke is whether or not our intelligence agencies are independent.

For many years the media has reported all sorts of things about the NIB and obviously they cannot respond or defend themselves but it’s obvious that something is not right somewhere because Top Secret documents should not be leaked anyone if they’re true and if false that is even more disturbing because it does not portray a positive global image of Malawi.

For years they have been in the news for the wrong reasons yet the organization is very important for state security and the good of Malawi and something we are supposed to be proud of.

To date debate on Social Media shows some Malawian tax-payers hoping there will be more facts to tackle serious crime and not gossip about political happenings.

Internet photo

A growing number of people are living in fear on the streets, offices or homes fearing armed robberies and all sorts of criminals who need to be behind bars.

It is said that intelligence can be defined in many ways including one’s capacity for logic, abstract thought, understanding, communication, learning, self-awareness, planning, creativity and problem solving among many other things.

According to some Malawians online, the most intelligent thing to do right now is to keep ensuring there is peace in Malawi while tackling serious crime using information sourced on the ground then being involved in partisan politics.

Those on Social Media also want to be able to express themselves freely as long as they are not defaming or slandering people in the name of democracy while using Facebook, Twitter or WhatsApp applications as such behaviour can attract lawsuits and is not professional but gossip as well. 

Monday, June 22, 2015

Of ancient Malawi mermaid's wrath, ululation and Napolo landslides tale

Hans Christen Andersen writes in ‘The Little Mermaid’, “But a mermaid has no tears.”

This line directly contradicts other fanciful writers and dreamers who say that mermaid tears become pearls, or that the green pebbles found on the Floridan Iona shoreline are the tears of a mermaid.
And maybe so. Like the legend that mermaids are guardians and avengers of women, perhaps any remaining mermaid of legend cries unmercifully over the condition of the seas – Mermaid Tears — Another Nautical Disaster
“Ululululululu” a village woman near Michiru Mountain in Blantyre hears early in the morning after a night of heavy rainfall and chilly weather.
She’s out earlier figuring the rains have reduced and is on her way to draw water from the nearest “river” which in actually sense is a water body.
But as she approaches she sees a woman with long dreadlocks dressed in a white robe coming out of the water and ululating as she sinks back below again as if swimming in a straigh line.
Stunned the woman stares into the water and suddenly sees the woman rise up again and the rocks before her move as if clearing a straight path for something to pass through. Noticing the strange events before her the woman concludes that Napolo, the mythical serpent spirit is about to locate from the hills to the waters and the mermaids ululations is a warning for every being in its path to move away.
This is an actual story told by a village woman to this blog about the half woman and half fish spirit she claims she saw in the water before a landslide hit the area some years ago which might have been in the 1990s.
In Malawi people rejoice with loud ululations during weddings or when dancing and it’s locally known a kululuta hence ntungululu.
That sound is also the ones some villagers in Mulanje claim they hear before Napolo landslides hit the area some five minutes or so before to give people enough time to run uphill.

Woman not mermaid and python drawing from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
Woman not mermaid and python drawing fromhttp://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html

“Ndine Nyangu ”, a woman says after dipping her head into a big red clay pot full of water goes a SapiTWA oracle this blog told late last year about ancient Malawi’s mermaid spirits (mizimu).
This Nyangu known as Malira (“you have cried”) is a water spirit known by different names.
She proudly wears a “phande” also locally known as “ngale’ as a necklace which in English is a “pearl” but this blog is talking about the actual shell whose scientific name remains a mystery.
This blog does not know what exactly is found inside the Phande shell but some healers claim some thorn looking things and a secret as in Chinsinsi which sounds like Isis with chinsinsi the Chinyanja word for secret.
And when angry, Nyangu would say in a code “Muzalira ndine mkazi” which in English can be summed up as the Wrath of a Woman. So literally she was saying an enemy would cry because she is a woman who can be ruthless.
All genuine male healers admit that when the MALIYA spirit “comes out” it’s powerful and at times dangerous in that it’s the most powerful and close to all the male spirits they tap into. This spirit is also known as one of the many Nyangus of ancient Malawi but in the African water spirit world of mermaids.
The MALIYA spirit is Intersex and has both male and female sexual organs so it reproduced. She is also very dramatic and fierce.
When trainee African priestesses (nsembe) got a shell like this one from Sapitwa as it was sourced in the Indian Ocean it symbolized the spirit world opening up to them especially MALIYA.
According to a Sapitwa healer such mythical spirits are half woman and half fish so priestesses who follow their teachings are not supposed to eat fish.

Lake Malawi sea shells
Lake Malawi sea shells

Nyangu means “manthongo” like the crust mucous stuff around the eyes and another rude version only for this oral story.
It also means “wopepera” like in foolish, a fool or someone lacking intelligence in relation to the ancient Nyangu spirit (mizimu) who was misunderstood and not the many royal official ones.
The clay pot she used like others were always broken into pieces to be disposed of in thick forests of hills and mountains whenever they were not needed. She was the last female to use it for that specific purpose and passed on some teachings to her priestesses.
Once upon a time in this ancient land of Malawi as this blog continues repeating oral tales about the creation of gods and goddesses which were locally known as mizimu as in winged spirits, there lived a powerful female one known as Malira Tapalia of the North.
These spirits were different from ancestral ones which are locally known as mizimu yamakolo. This woman also known as one of the Nyangus of ancient times did not bath and only dipped her head in water because she used a lot of nyanga involving charms and horns which are easily diluted by water.
And since this Nyangu was from water hence her name also sounding like Tilapia fish with the most common species in Malawi being chambo….Malira was believed to appear as a mermaid because she could not get her lower body wet which was the source of her powers.
Some healers claimed such beings would also put snails in their forbidden areas to protect themselves from water there or they had the body of a fish to keep the water out.
That is why Malira was believed to be of the sea or ocean and some healers use the name Dr Maliya or Dr Maria to mean Malira whose salty tears where like the ocean.
This blog is not saying all Dr Marias sourced their name from Malira but that some of them whom this blog interviewed did.
Malira who also specialized in magic (matsenga) like in Disney films is said to have always appeared crying and weeping with a baby on her back and her colour was blue like the ocean.

Ancient Malawi's Phande shell also known as Ngale (Pearls) associated with female water spirits like mermaids
Ancient Malawi’s Phande shell also known as Ngale (Pearls) associated with female water spirits like mermaids

According to a Sapitwa healer this Malira whose name meant the way a woman cries during childbirth like in mwana amalira (the child cries) lived in what is today known as the Mandala area and the word “Mandala” was a Mang’anja nickname for a female autonomy.
The Mandala Nyangu acted like a Mangadzi (berothed maiden) because of the “oracle’s spirit marriage to the python (serpent spirit) or god, whose bow was the rainbow.
Now this serpent spirit was Tomasi Bona (Atom) also known as Napolo of the North Wind.
This is the winged spirit the ancestors would look for whenever they wanted rains and it is the one Mbona (the Seer) would point his kandalanga two-edged sword besides Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom they believed was further North up in the Universe and beyond the Sun.
They also believed that when the South met the North that would symbolize floods and they would calculate where it would happen. This is where the Malira spirit would come in together with Tomasi Bona. This Malira spirit of the North was the opposite of Chinsinsi Sungamwana (Secret, Keep the Child) of the South who was her sister.
Now when this blog uses the term Mangadzi or Mang’adzi it’s not confirming if the Nyangu mentioned was one and neither is this Nyangu the one of many in ancient Malawi’s history.
In the official version which are a different story, Mang’adzi was similar to Makewana (mother of the children) but of the Mang’anja belief system.
A “chosen” priestess carried the Tomas Bona spirit on their backs as a mother and it was through Malira where some belief systems originated that salt can cure many illnesses or problems.
Mermaids in ancient history are not unique to Malawi with other mother figures like “Mami Wata” (Mammy Water) being venerated in West, Central, Southern Africa, and in the African diaspora in the Caribbean and parts of North and South America.

In December 2012 37thSTATE presented 'LADY IN THE WATER'- A mami-wata documentary. Published by @Lanredavieshttp://www.factory78.com/2012/12/37thstate-presents-lady-in-water-mami.html
In December 2012 37thSTATE presented ‘LADY IN THE WATER’- A mami-wata documentary. Published by @Lanredavieshttp://www.factory78.com/2012/12/37thstate-presents-lady-in-water-mami.html

“Mami Wata” where “Mami” is the Pidgin English spelling of mammy (mother) “Wata” is the Pidgin English spelling of water is essentially a mermaid or humanistic water entity.
“Mami Wata is often described as a mermaid-like figure, with a woman’s upper body (often nude) and the hindquarters of a fish or serpent. In other tales, Mami Wata is fully human in appearance (though never human).
“The existence and spiritual importance of Mami Wata is deeply rooted in the ancient tradition and mythology of the coastal southeastern Nigerians (Efik, Ibibio and Annang people). Mami Wata often carries expensive baubles such as combs, mirrors, and watches.
A large snake (symbol of divination and divinity) frequently accompanies her, wrapping itself around her and laying its head between her breasts,” further reads the unofficial Wikipedia about Mami Wata.
In the West, tales by Hans Christian Anderson including ‘Little Mermaid’ were very popular.
And as a divine healer, Isis shared the secrets of healing and preparation of medical potions to her priestesses. Isis is also credited for bringing the secrets of law and agriculture.
The Temple of Aset, or Isis as she is known to most, at Philae was a jewel within a jewel and built on two tiny yet beautiful islands in the midst of the Nile waters.
The island itself was called the “Pearl of Egypt” by many, and was thought to be one of the burial places of Osiris – the husband of Isis, in ancient Egyptian mythology.
Pearls were prized by rulers and royalty with Julius Caesar limiting the wearing of pearl jewelry to the rulers of the Roman Empire during the first century BC In the glory days of the British Empire, only royalty were allowed to wear these lustrous gems.
Daughters of Isis
Online sources also show that until fairly recently, pearls were still worn exclusively by royalty and wealthy nobility, as they were far too expensive for anyone else to afford.
According to Stephen Bloom, a journalism professor at the University of Iowa, real pearls grow in oysters and mussels, which are incredibly adept at filtering sand out of their systems.
“What happens is that a tiny piece of coral or an unfortunate tiny living organism attaches itself to the meat of the oyster and, in order to protect itself from the irritation, the oyster covers the invader with layers of nacre, the smooth, luminous substance that makes up the pearl. Now this is how natural pearls are created, but it’s extremely rare to find a natural pearl.
“Almost all pearls today are cultured or cultivated pearls. In oysters, they’re grown by inserting a small bead — which is made of a piece of clam shell from the Mississippi River Delta — and a piece of oyster tissue into the mollusk; in Chinese mussels there are no beads, just tissue inserted.
“The shells are returned to the water, turned regularly, and harvested. Oysters produce one pearl, like an egg and a yolk, while a mussel can produce as many as 60 pearls of all different shapes and colors.
China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, French Polynesia, Australia, Mexico, and the Phillippines are producers. Pearls from Japanese oysters made up the largest portion of the market for many years. In the 1970s, the Chinese started producing freshwater pearls in mussels, and today, 99% of freshwater pearls come from China. Most people involved in crafts use Chinese pearls,” he said in a 2010 article titled ‘Tears of Mermaids: The Secret Story of Pearls.
In 1493, sailing off the coast of Hispaniola, Christopher Columbus reported seeing three “female forms” which “rose high out of the sea, but were not as beautiful as they are represented”.
The logbook of Blackbeard, an English pirate, records that he instructed his crew on several voyages to steer away from charted waters which he called “enchanted” for fear of merfolk or mermaids, which Blackbeard himself and members of his crew reported seeing.

“The shells of fresh water sea life were used to craft bracelets and necklaces for both men and women. The cowrie shell, which has an indented lip, looks like the slit of an eye. Egyptians believed this shell to be a prophylactic against the evil eye. This belief is still head true in parts of Africa and the Mediterranean.” http://www.ancientdigger.com/2013/02/the-history-and-meaning-of-ancient.html

In August 2009, after dozens of people reported seeing a mermaid leaping out of the water and doing aerial tricks, the Israeli coastal town of Kiryat Yam reportedly offered a $1 million award for proof of its existence.
In February 2012, work on two reservoirs near Gokwe and Mutarke in Zimbabwe stopped when workers refused to continue, stating that mermaids had hounded them away from the sites. It was reported by Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, the water resources minister according to a report in The Herald. http://www.herald.co.zw/mermaids-stopping-govt-work-sipepa-nkomo/

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Did some of Malawi's ancestors come from Kema as in Kerma, Sudan or not?

M'manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi believed to be the place where Mlauli buried Mbona - Sapitwa priestess
M’manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi believed to be the place where Mlauli buried Mbona – Sapitwa priestess

Malawi is a beautiful land and country rich in ancient history and tales about spiritual beings (mizimu) which were close to chosen women who were given the gift of ancient African prophecy (ulosi wakale).
This blog attempts to update an oral story told by the only Sapitwa priestess in Mulanje of a time many centuries ago before floods when creation began on a mound by spirits which she says existed way before that.
It comes at a time some women of Sapitwa are monitoring the movements of meteorites and asteroid which they call (nyenyezi) as they claim to have somehow seen some heading for earth.  For centuries meteorites and asteroids have been studied.
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.
Although some Malawi officials have reportedly rebuffed a Sapitwa priestess and this blog after some researchers and tourists queried Sapitwa Myths and Tales captured here and the ancient roles of Makewana and Mang’adzi in Malawi’s history, this blog will continue telling her story and those of the many voiceless elderly women of Malawi who have been silenced for a long time.
This is yet another update of a myth and ‘bush’ science told to this blog:
Beyond the concept of time, there was a kingdom existing of winged spirits (mizimu) with the Hidden One in the Universe according to an ancient Malawi oral tale told by a Sapitwa priestess who continues to tell oral stories without fear or favour.
The Hidden One also has another name this blog is not allowed to reveal but it’s a word ancient priests and priestesses (responsible for nsembe) would use when sending their “African prayers” or “requests” to the Creator through the 4 winds while using incense.

Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East
Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East

In their ancient beliefs, the winds carried sounds and words straight up to the One they worshipped and for those who weren’t of royal blood, they would go through winged spirits (mizimu) whom some researchers refer to as “gods” or “goddesses” to send requests to the spirit world.
Others would go through their ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo) believing that the mizimu always went through their bloodline so in the case of ancient kings those spirits were believed to only go through their descendants.
Now in ancient times a king was also like a priest or traditional healer who are today known as asing’anga or nganga and they had rituals for communicating with their Creator whom some called Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) and the spirit world.
The current unknown Sapitwa priestess (responsible for nsembe) keeps talking about an ancient land of triangular graves called Kema which she says was an ancient land of asing’anga (nganga healers) wozama (experts).
According to Mayi Emma Jarden, whose ancestor was Medisini, in ancient times there were the Nganga responsible for nsembe hence her being a priestess in English but not able to function in the way her ancestors did since most ancient Malawi shrines (kachisi) were destroyed.
She told this blog that the term “sing’anga weniweni” (real traditional healer or priesthood) included those who had a nsengwa small basket and a mibawa staff when doing their “sacred” oracles.
Now some South African online researchers talk of Sudan origins because of a Zuma village and burial ground “several kilometres downstream from Jebel Barkal in what is now Sudan which lies about 10 kilometres south of El-Kurru, in the Napatan Region, on the right side of the Nile”.

Kerma, Sudan, Meroe pyramids closer steps view http://worldalldetails.com/sightseeing/kerma_sudan_209821.jpg
Kerma, Sudan, Meroe pyramids closer steps view

This blog asks what the meaning of Zuma is and if it is similar to wozama or ozama as in experts in things?
This blog asks because it’s very important to connect ancient kings to those who might be descendants and the descendants must acknowledge that connection so that there are facts and not only similarities in words.
Has anyone using the “Zuma” name claimed to be a descendant of kings or those living in Sudan today?
However Jarden told this blog that one ancient Malawi king (name withheld for now) was from “Kema” which sounds like “Kerma” in Sudan.
Various online sources state that the pre-Kerma society, named after “the area of Kerma in the Dongola Reach, forms one of the oldest civilized cultures in the world beside that of Egypt and Mesopotamia.”
According to the British Museum website, the ancient town of Kerma, located a little upstream of the Third Cataract, was occupied continuously from about 2500 to 1500 BC, and was one of the earliest urbanized communities in tropical Africa.

Mayi Jarden in Mulanje still talks although some fellow Africans try to silence her
“The local economy was based on agriculture and animal husbandry, but it is likely that the special importance of the rulers of the area developed because of their ability to control the important north-south trade on the Nile. There is little doubt that Kerma was the capital of the kingdom of Kush, which features prominently in the records of the Eighteenth Dynasty (about 1550-1295 BC).
“The site has been (and continues to be) extensively excavated. The most prominent landmark is a massive mud-brick structure known as the ‘Western Defuffa’, which was probably the main religious building at Kerma. Around this structure were grouped workshops, public buildings and houses. These buildings ranged from simple huts to houses with two or three rooms and a walled courtyard with animal pens and granaries.
“Extensive cemeteries have been located at Kerma and other sites in Kush. The richest graves uncovered were those of the last rulers of Kush of the seventeenth and sixteenth centuries BC. These took the form of large tumuli, with the main burial on a bed in a small chamber beneath the mound,” further reads http://www.britishmuseum.org/explore/highlights/articles/k/kerma_sudan.aspx
Some elders in ancient Malawi had their own M’manga Mudzi termite mound which was a tomb among other things and a “home” for the Tomasi Bona (Atom) spirit of the North wind and the Sapitwa version of Mbona of the West wind.

"Black pharaohs" photo taken from https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3560/3486229737_670ee18807.jpg
“Black pharaohs” photo taken fromhttps://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3560/3486229737_670ee18807.jpg

They believed some kings were like reincarnated spirits (mizimu) in that the spirit of a “god” or “goddess” would be born as a human being hence the sing’anga saying “mwana wa munthu”  to mean a child of a human being.
In fact such ancient kings are believed to have said that they got their gold from a mizimu or the Creator.
According to this blog’s Sapitwa mythology, in the beginning there was a world of spirits for an unknown time maybe millions of years including the winged ones which have never been human and those who went on to occupy other “worlds” including earth.
On earth the spirit (mizimu) said to have existed in the beginning was Tomasi Bona (atom) or a word which sounds like atomic mass.
He’s said to have originated elsewhere into a primordial mound/anthill as electrical energy with water bodies below since in the beginning they believed there was water and spirits which lived in water because for them termite mounds are a good indicator of ground water.
From there he is said to have exploded like lightning into other spirits in twos and this lightning was throughout the new created world.
Under the M’manga mudzi anthill tree or mound there was said to be several water bodies which healers refer to as Nyanja and inside that mound the Tomasi Bona spirit is believed to look like an elderly man (munthu) who evolved from a serpent spirit in oral tales.
The Primordial Mound locally known as the M’manga Mudzi anthill tree (chulu) somewhere in a remote village of Malawi stands out in the bush with three distinct trees growing out of it, mainly mpolowoni, m’manga mudzi, and msamba mwana.
Now mpolowoni is the main tree and udindo (responsibility of ancient Malawi’s first winged spirit called Tomasi Bona (atom). M’manga mudzi is the one used for kusilika grounds before some sacred dances by digging it into the dirt they say while msamba mwana is used during childbirth.

Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken from http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8
Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken fromhttp://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8

According to a plant expert, mpolowoni in English is known as the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree and its family name is Umbelliferae.
So the Tomasi Bona meteorite or asteroid which created a crater somewhere is believed to have fallen in the EAST which is Mulanje. Other names given to this spirit are Napolo, Mbewula as in run away so fast or get away from me when landslides and floods happen and Robert which some online sources claim is Azriel in Hebrew but this blog does not know why the spirit also has an English name.
Other meteorites or asteroids included the nameless one of the NORTH falling in Kumbasa, Tagoneka Mbona falling in Dima or Midima and Chinsinsi Sungamwana (ChInSInSi sounds like Isis) in the SOUTH which is South Africa but this blog is not sure about the crater or the presence of gold there since ancestors claimed such falling stars brought gold.
There was also Mbona Ostiriza (sounds like Osiris) as in the last one with the word “Mbona” or “M’bona” meaning a Seer like in to see – ona.

Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG
Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls

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.

.....watch this space.