Friday, December 6, 2013
Saturday, November 30, 2013
It is believed that whoever accidentally finds themselves in the forbidden areas and takes or steals the money will face the wrath of the "spirits."
|One of many Sapitwa rocks|
Sunday, November 24, 2013
“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 do but one fact remains, Sapitwa Peak remains a beautiful mystery and it is hard if not impossible to trace the spirits that live there. Tales and stories of haunting will continue for generations to come and that is one element that will keep Sapitwa unique and a tourism attraction.
The healers who tell myths that the astral realm of Sapitwa peak is home to ancestral spirits hence the dead claim to follow the greyish/black cloud to where their “royal spirit” takes them and stop where it stops.
Black for them is also the colour of their version of Mbona, a serpent spirit associated with Napolo flash floods.
For centuries such healers have believed that Mulanje Mountain and it's Sapitwa Peak are a source of rain and rivers.
The unofficial online Wikipedia claims that "most affected by the ITCZ in the Mulanje Area, is the Mulanje Massif, because its unique position as a “mountain island”, rising up more than 2500 metres 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.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
|Hands drawn to the chest to symbolize two triangles and fire|
It is a secret story of ancient kingdoms memorized for centuries and passed down they claim including the names of their ancient kings and queens and captured mostly in oral stories and drawings we will for now call the "Sapitwa Book of the Dead."
One would be an upright triangle to symbolize the highest peak of Mulanje Mountain, Sapitwa and the other would be an upside side triangle, the opposite.
These healers believe in a Creator of this Universe they call Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe etc and they also claim there are 4 male spiritual beings with a positive charge and 3 female spiritual beings with a negative charge to make a total of 7 pulling each other to create light including lightning.
|Picture of Triangle taken from the Internet|
|Internet photo taken from http://www.mrhpngo.com/traditional blog|
Sunday, July 28, 2013
|Sapitwa rock at night, others are suspected to be sedimentary|
According to them, the human body is a temporary vehicle while on earth, and a being with a spirit has both a female and male side while in the spiritual realm, the spirits or guides are in their words both male and female. One told me that another version of a male Mbona spirit can also appear as a veiled female Maria or Nyangu spirit in the spiritual realm.
Although the said Mbona spirit is said to have been celibate as is the case in the spiritual realm where they don't 'marry', there are some people in ancient Africa including some kings who are said to have been involved in same-sex relations or attractions.
This is contrary to what many have been saying that homosexuality was imported from the West and imposed on Africa. The very few Sapitwa healers in Malawi rarely speak out so as more information is made available, it will be shared in this blog.
And of course there will be some brave asing'anga specializing in nyanga (witch-doctors) claiming to be of Sapitwa when they are not. There are also many unregistered and untrained ones of this generation.
Meanwhile, in 1983 Reverend Wallace Bozongwana, whose grandfather was 'high priest' at the court of King Lobhengula in his book 'Ndebele Religion and Customs' wrote on pages 34 and 35 that:
"Under good spirits also comes the violent one - the insangoma and isanuse spirit. This is a witch-hunting spirit dreaded by wizards and witches. Sick people consult it to see who is harming them. Good singing and dancing by a crowd will only lure the spirit to come out and speak through the host.....This kind of spirit usually reveals its presence before or shortly after puberty. It seldom will show after marriage. If it is a female one, the host will marry but if it is a male one in a woman, the woman can't marry or bear children as it will hinder sufficient development of sex organs.
"Although seldom, if a woman spirit which had multiple men-spirits enters a man, he becomes either a bisexual or homosexual and this complication cannot be cured. The isangoma spirit is both a doctor and fortune-teller one. The designation of the host is revealed in the acquisition of the "Spirit attire" - vestments which he or she must obtain unaided. He has to fight and kill an eagle, vulture and a python for bones which comprise his robe and girdle."
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.