Saturday, July 19, 2014

Of ancient Malawi’s first Nyangu goddess (mizimu) and her walking stick (ndodo)

M’manga Mudzi anthill tree appearing higher
An elderly man chatting with a young woman in a certain village in Malawi suddenly screams and sits back while staring at the woman before him in fear.
Confused the young woman asks the man what is wrong but he barely whispers that she is turning into an elderly woman who looks like a witch (mfiti) with a pointed chin.
The woman stares at her hand now appearing like that of an elderly woman and is too stunned to look at her face in the mirror fearing she will faint out of fear.
The pointed chin is part of the upside triangle of ancient Malawi which symbolized ziwanda (demons) and that the evil one of this ancient land now called Malawi turned everything of Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) upside down so go oral tales.
When such problems arise, some elders do a primitive exorcism to get the possessing spirit out. Now the elderly spirit known as the first Nyangu of this ancient land fell from grace and she’s said to walk with a cane and at times appear as a beautiful young woman.
This elderly spirit was the Queen of Magic and is said to possess a certain innocent village woman in Malawi who is expected to live over the age of 100 because of her.
Internet cane (ndodo) photo
not connected to this blog
Elders have been trying to remove this spirit from her so that she can see it and dilute its kukhwima powers so that it can do good.
She has almond eyes, high cheekbones but white hair which in ancient times was also a symbol of royalty which would be the equivalent of a Traditional Authority who has land named after their name.
You see this elderly female spirit is said to have two hidden horns which resemble the one of some statues online described as being of ancient Egypt’s Isis.
She’s also said to have some magical (matsenga) words which only worked when she or those she possessed used them.
But this blog is not claiming that statue of Isis is definitely Nyangu but just making an observation and would like to hear from those familiar with the ancient story of Isis to explain all her symbols.
Internet Isis statue photos. What are the meanings of those symbols?
Now this elderly spirit in ancient times had a narrow necked African wine kettle calabash locally known as nsupa and besides it requiring a specific ritual once a year for 10 years to magically source blood in some other oral stories.
This spirit is also said to have used the wings of the Hamerkop (nantchengwa) bird in her rituals which she mixed with several other charms in her cup.
This blog has no idea what specific charms were involved but has been told that the Hamerkop is a bird allegedly used in kukhwima rituals to ripen and make a person strong but in evil ways like a hammer.
Such knowledge was said to have been sourced from the ancient mythical and evil Mbewula also nicknamed as “Robert” whom some healers refer to as the Angel of Death in Chichewa or like Azriel in other cultures.
Internet Hamerkop photo
Mbewula is said to have been a wandering spirit with white hair and smooth dark skin with high cheekbones.
Now this spirit in oral stories was one of five which were intimate with the first Nyangu in ancient rituals said to have made mortal beings immortal as they got involved with non-human beings.
Other said to have been intimate with this first Nyangu goddess were Sapitwa’s Mbona and the hidden one in what today would be called incest which is a crime.
Mbona of the Tagoneka Mbona spirit out of 7 is said to have been the brother of Nyangu who eventually came back as his mother so that intimacy took place in the same way it did with a black rooster (tambala wakuda) and the hidden one was like her ‘father’ and Mbewula her uncle who was also a serpent spirit.
Internet kettle of African Wine Kettle gourd
also used in Malawi to make nsupa
The hidden one was said to be in the beginning with the first Nyangu who was his wife but she cheated on him by being intimate with his brother and her brother…hence the beginning of witchcraft (ufiti).
After this the two elderly brothers fought and went separate ways with the first Nyangu being left with the two and not her husband who left bitterly as he truly loved her but she was a hule (whore) according to the oral tale told to this blog by some elderly women.
This first Nyangu went on to be intimate with two more powerful males whom this blog cannot disclose without permission.
But this blog can reveal that some Sapitwa healers see the caduceus as being similar to the union between the two ancient spirit serpents.  This blog would like to know what the global meaning of such symbols posted online.

The hidden one is the one many healers have been trying to get back as that spirit was said to be good and the force behind the 7 of Tomasi Bona, Tagoneka Mbona, Chandiona Goneka, Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Sungamwani, Dziwe Ntambamwana and Ife Zonse.
This blog will write about the hidden one and the way he looks once information is given.
…To be continued

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Unveiling ancient Malawi's Nyangu...the headless woman?

This blog will continue telling the untold confirmed and unconfirmed oral stories and myths about ancient Malawi’s Mbona in the same way oral stories and myths of other great civilizations like ancient Egypt and Greece are told online.
Now the oral story concerning a real woman viewed as a living goddesss by a few hidden in a village of Malawi and Mbona’s kandalanga (two-edged sword/knife) hidden at Sapitwa:
Mbona illustration taken from Ulendo series book for Standard 8
A beautiful chosen “bride” for the mythical Mbona…chosen before she was born sits in a room going about her business as she struggles in her daily duties….ignored by society but a living goddesses (mizimu) in the eyes of a few healers.
This bride is not a “wife” for the official Mbona of the sacred Khulubvi rain shrine but for the mythical one of Sapitwa, the highest peak of Mulanje Mountain.
The story about the mythical Mbona of Sapitwa remains unofficial and undocumented but mostly known by traditional healers of Malawi who believe in the mythical powers of Sapitwa.
And that is why their eyes have for years been on this “bride” ….from the time she was a young girl they have watched her blossom into a middle-aged woman quickly approaching the age of 50 in readiness for her “husband”.
Ancient Egypt’s Isis statue in a way
ancient Malawi’s Nyangu and Makewana
(mother of child)
and Sungamwana (keep the child) tales
This woman hidden in a village of Malawi is believed to be some kind of reincarnation of the first Nyangu because she is said to possess the spirit of the elderly Nyangu which is being diluted by her innocence and good will and she is also believed to have spiritual powers.
The first Nyangu fell from grace after attaining power through hook and crook using magic (matsenga) and witchcraft (ufiti) so go the oral stories.
The new Nyangu is supposed to reverse that and work closely with Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) in their belief system.
The old Nyangu is said to have white hair and move with a cane but disguises herself in the body of a beautiful young woman. This spirit which would globally be known as a goddess within a human being is said to have existed from the beginning of time in such ancient Malawi oral stories.
Struggling to contain this evil spirit in her pure heart by doing good, the young bride suddenly feels sleepy as she listens to relaxing music while drinking some thobwa (sweet non-alcoholic beer).
As soon as sleep catches up with her she dozes off and on a gentle breeze blows throughout the room just in time for her to see a headless woman with pointed breasts before her.
Staring at the strange sight before her but having no fear since the said spirit has wiped her eyes to see, the woman again blinks and now sees a man before her and his name is MBONA.
He’s 101 percent male and smiles down at his future bride whom he does not touch physically but just stares at her with love deep in his eyes.
Upright two-edged sword/knife
(kandalanga) like this online one
was used in rain rituals
why the upside down one for evil
You see it’s not time for him to hold her hand or touch her as he’s still got things to finish in the spiritual realm before he can return and marry his now celibate “bride” in the flesh.
This male spirit which sometimes appears as female is also said to appear to others as a serpent spirit but in the form of a white python so go some other oral stories.
This is the secret of androgynous spirits which appear as male and female but they do not have sexual relations and remain celibate. When this mythical Mbona spirit marries a woman, he becomes a man.
Now because of “westernization” and “civilization” such belief systems are rare and so very few believe in the Mbona spirit and less the one of Sapitwa and so his story is only told by this blog and a few healers who claim to follow his teachings and get his herbs from Sapitwa.
The upcoming “wedding” between the unofficial Mbona and his chosen “bride” will also be a low-profile and secret event involving the ancient gods and goddesses of ancient Malawi.
This Nyangu spirit which is said to be Mbona in a feminine form wears robes and sometimes wrappers local known as zitenje and is said to be a very beautiful woman with almond eyes and long eyelashes which Mbona also has.

Now this Nyangu spirit (goddess) at Sapitwa is said to have a white veil like cloth and a red one.  This is why Sapitwa healers all have veils which they wear when offering nsemba (sacrifices) among other things at the mountain on top of the robes they wear and leave there.
When some of the healers do prescribed rituals they usually draw a small altar with ufa woyera (maize flour) or ground sorghum (mapira) and place their tools such as a candle for light and for a chosen few a sword resembling ancient Malawi’s Mbona.
This blog has been told the exact ritual but not yet given permission to document it as they claim it’s the secret of their Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
Red veil Internet photo
So all this blog can reveal is that that under the veil the healer is usually bright as they attach themselves to the spiritual world of mizimu (spirits) especially those that have never been human.
Such rituals are symbolized by black clouds covering the sun meaning that when there is darkness the light comes and gives light to enable the eyes see well.
Removing their veil without permission was like removing a sacred mask to expose mizimu (spirits) and the end result was risking death so go some oral stories.
The ancestors of this ancient land believed that when one is enlightened and accepted by the spiritual realm, the veil of secrecy is removed and they can see with their spiritual eyes and heart to know good from bad.
This is why healers of Sapitwa claim when a spirit covers a person with a white cloth, they disappear and are never found because it means they have joined the spiritual realm.

Internet photo
Stories are told of some finding themselves in the astral realm but not being able to get out because of a gravity-like force which keeps them in. It is also forbidden to see the hair of a female spirit because it is said to move like snakes…maybe similar to the ancient Greek myth of Medusa.
Many healers claim spirits (mizimu) do not appear anyhow to sane people and one has to be trained and prepared to see them to avoid being viewed by the public as if one has lost their mind by talking to forces that cannot be seen.
It’s once the spirits take a person under the veil or white cloth that they are able to “see” kuona, wona or mbona the unseen with their two eyes.
J.M. Schoffeleers in his book ‘River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi’ described Mbona like an overseer “a sense of seeing or being seen, and derives from the word wona “to see” or “to be true.”
“The name may possibly be related also to the noun bona, the concluding ceremony of the mourning period, at which offerings of food and beer are made”, he wrote.
Now while one could see the good winged spirits locally known as mizimu the equivalent of angels among others, they also risked seeing the evil winged ones locally known as ziwanda (demons) so they had to know the difference.
These were different from ancestral spirits locally known as mizimu yamakolo which once were human beings.
Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East
In another ancient ritual but involving witchcraft (ufiti) for the narrow-shaped calabash locally known as Nsupa but made from the African wine kettle which needed blood to be magically sourced to give it power…the same thing happened with the evil Maula magical oracle.
The first Nyangu would point one hand up and the other one below to mean so above is the same below and when she put the sword upside down that was trouble which those who have ears and eyes can figure out.
Now when she pointed her right hand up and the left one down it would symbolize her taking of energy among other things to empower herself and make her stronger using the Nsupa which female healers of today are banned from using because they have menstrual cycles which weakens it’s powers.
What is the meaning of this “Tarot Card”
online may I ask? Is it good or bad?
That is why some male healers are believed to chase away menstruating women from their Nsupa to avoid diluting its powers inside their ‘altar’ drawn with maize flour.
Mbona of Sapitwa follows his bloodline and will marry one of his descendants according to unofficial oral stories.
Now in the official story, the cult of Mbona, the central African mythology of the snake that is beheaded to make the rains come has been combined with a more spiritual interpretation: the snake has been transformed into a human martyr and redeemer.
According to the cult, the rainmaker Mbona was tracked down by his enemies; they cut off his head, and his blood formed the River of Blood. Mbona returned as a storm wind and asked that a shrine be dedicated in his name, writes Fr J. Matthew Schoffeleers in his book ‘River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi, A.D. 1600’ posted on the website
And according the Unesco website, 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.
African wine kettle gourd locally known as Nsupa made from Mphonda losadibwa, the one forbidden to eat etc

“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 which also explains about that Mbona’s wife named Salima.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Of ancient Malawi's creation myth and Nyangu….the goddess (mizimu)

gods of Egypt photo from Anthropology
Museum Education website
Many ancient civilizations (Greek, Norse, Roman, etc.) have an extensive mythological story that has an explanation for just about everything that goes on in the world. From the reasons why the seasons change to why humans feel emotion, mythology allowed ancient people to be at peace with the way things are.
In Egyptian mythology, the world  started out as a chaos of churning water, known as Nu or Nun.
“Out of Nu came Atum, the lord of Heliopolis. He stood on a single mound he created called ben-ben and this is where the temple of Heliopolis was built.
“The creation of ben-ben brought light into the world and Atum became known as Atum-Ra. Ra, the sun god that rises in the east and dies in the west. Ra then created the gods Shu (the air) and Tefnut (the moisture) through asexual reproduction. Together, Shu and Tefnut produced Geb (the earth) and Nut (the sky).
“Geb and Nut conceived Osiris, Isis, Nephthys, and Seth (or Set). After conceiving, Geb and Nut were separated by their father, Shu.
“Now the sky is high above, while the earth is way below with air in the middle. Many ancient drawings of this show Geb the earth laying down with Nut the sky arched over him with Shu the air holding her up. Ra the sun is usually traveling along Nut’s body,” reads the 2013 Great Discoveries in Archaeology website at
Now  this blog is not posting to debate whether the ancient Egypt belief was right or wrong or to endorse any beliefs but just to document things posted online and some ancient Malawi oral stories never documented before.
Ancient 4 winds of Sapitwa symbol drawn with ufa woyera
(refined maize flour) to represent North, South,
West and East and the very bright Sirius star
Similar to some elements of the ancient Egypt creation myth in ancient Sapitwa mythology everything began with water and there was a spirit (mizimu) kingdom in the water led by the Dziwe la Nkhalamba elderly spirit and 7 others mainly Tomasi Bona of the North Wind, Tagoneka Mbona of the West, Chandion Goneka of the South and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East.
Another was Mbewula who has never been human but is said to have mounted from one of M’manga Mudzi anthill hill mounds somewhere in Mulanje near the mountain.
It’s not easy to get to the mound as some vines or something grab your hands and feet and trip you over so one has to be patient and untie themselves from the mess and make sure they don’t touch any buffalo bean (Chitedze) which causes extreme itching of the body.
This anthill locally known as chulu represented the triangular mountain above and all the water bodies underneath. Another spirit or should we say of ancient Malawi was a goddess named the first Nyangu who is different from the many in Malawi’s history including Mbona’s mother Nyangu.
She stands with very bright presence, her veil covering her knotted black hair as her wide eyes stare blankly at those who visit her and seek guidance.
Her name is Nyangu, the goddess of the mythical Sapitwa from the beginning of time and not any of the ones who have lived on earth including Mbona’s mother Nyangu.  Her colour is blue like the deep ocean and her origins, a sad mythical story about goddesses locally known as mizimu (spirits).
Sometimes she sits under the shade of a fig tree locally known as mkuyu to breastfed her baby.  The woman is dark-skinned with very smooth skin that makes her face look like she dipped it in a jar of cocoa-butter and milk further go oral stories.
Her black eye-lashes stand out together with her eyebrows which seem well drawn and her uncombed hair forms tidy knots but her hair is not necessarily dread-locked.
Also standing out on her beautiful face are beauty spots on her cheek. Her brown almond shaped eyes also stand out and piercing as if searching a person’s soul.
Rare ancient M’manga Mudzi anthill tree
However, the strange thing with this woman is that whenever people see her she’s holding a small baby even when its months later….the baby does not seem to grow.
An elderly man suddenly calls out to her “makewana” (mother of the child) and she greets him politely but does not remove her eyes of her baby whom she sometimes carries on her back.
She wanders from place to place like a lost and mad person ever since she lost her husband, the elderly spirit of Dziwe la Nkhalamba. Her symbol is similar to one of the ancient Malawi female winged spirits known as Sungamwana (Keep the child).
The others are Tomasi Bona (world in one’s hands), Tagoneka Mbona (put to sleep Mbona), Chandiona Goneka (It’s seen me, put to sleep), Nthanda mwana wa mwezi (Child of the moon, Sirius), Dziwe Ntambawana (Witchcraft pool) and Ife Zonse (All of us).
In ancient teachings these 7 pulled each other to create energy viewed as light like that of lightning which today will probably be called electricity. Now in physics there are two types of electric charges…positive and negative.
Positive and negative of an Electric Charge photo from tp://
“Positively charged substances are repelled from other positively charged substances, but attracted to negatively charged substances; negatively charged substances are repelled from negative and attracted to positive. An object will be negatively charged if it has an excess of electrons, and will otherwise be positively charged or uncharged.
“The SI derived unit of electric charge is the coulomb (C), although in electrical engineering it is also common to use the ampere-hour (Ah), and in chemistry it is common to use the elementary charge (e) as a unit. The symbol Q is often used to denote charge.
“The early knowledge of how charged substances interact is now called classical electrodynamics, and is still very accurate if quantum effects do not need to be considered,” partly reads
And another physics website states the fact that the light bulb lights and remains lit is evidence that charge is flowing through the light bulb filament and that an electric circuit has been established.
“A circuit is simply a closed loop through which charges can continuously move. To demonstrate that charges are not only moving through the light bulb filament but also through the wires connecting the battery pack and the light bulb, a variation on the above activity is made.
“A compass is placed beneath the wire at any location such that its needle is placed in alignment with the wire. Once the final connection is made to the battery pack, the light bulb lights and the compass needle deflects,” further reads
Now the ancient elderly spirit of Dziwe la Nkhalamba whom the ancestors tried to invoke by calling out the name of a male organ chose the first Nyangu to be his wife.
He’s also associated with Thunder and Lightning and rains which had a positive and negative charge.
The sky is filled with electric charge. In a calm sky, the positive and negative charges are evenly interspersed thoughout the atmosphere –
Online sources confirm that inside a thunderstorm, electric charge is spread out differently. A thunderstorm consists of ice crystals and hailstones.
“The ice crystals have a positive charge, while the hailstones have a negative charge. The positively charged ice crystals are pushed to the top of the thunderstorm cloud by an updraft. Meanwhile, the heavy negatively charged hailstones are pushed to the bottom of the thunderstorm by its downdraft.
“Thus, the thunderstorm’s positive and negative charges are separated into two levels: the positive charge at the top and the negative charge at the bottom,” partly reads
The ancestors of this land including Mbona somehow knew this and he would point his two-edged knife/sword locally known as kandalanga to the North to symbolize hot winds and rains from Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
llustration of Mbona as a boy pointing his kandalanga
 to the North for rains taken from
the Ulendo series Chichewa for Standard 8 book
 Their union which consisted of his the positive energy and hers the negative created what they believed was light in the same way they believed in 4 positive male “spirits” and 3 negative female ones creating the sacred number of 7 spirits which they claim pull each other to create light.
The elderly spirit of Dziwe la Nkhalamba whom this blog cannot mention by name since these days it is considered swearing or cursing deeply loved this Nyangu and did everything to make her happy.
But besides her being intimate with two other spirits mainly Mbewula and Mbona, she also aborted the babies she conceived with the elder spirit of Dziwe la Nkhalamba just like the demon known as Dziwe Ntambamwana who appears in red and publicly shows her forbidden fruit go oral stories.
This is why Sapitwa healers are against abortion arguing that one can kill the body but not the mizimu (spirit or soul). They also claim the elderly spirit in myths has been born again of women of the Nyangu blood by implanting itself in their wombs.
Red wine photo from
The same is said of the Sapitwa version of Mbona on how his mother conceived him just like in other stories in Africa and Asia. This blog is only repeating what healers say and not endorsing any views.
Now Nyangu’s spirit is said to be an elderly woman who walks using a cane with a serpent head but like other spirits she is also believed to appear in the form of a young woman.
She is expected to be born again but as a good person who “keeps her babies” like the Sungawana female spirit.
You see this first Nyangu was into kukhwima (charms to make one spiritually strong) rituals and she also practiced what is online known as “sacred prostitution”.
Sacred prostitution or temple prostitution or “religious” prostitution is defined online as a “sexual ritual or activity” performed in the context of religious worship be it a fertility rite or divine marriage (hieros gamos).
Scholars have long considered such practices to be customary in the ancient world; however, more recent scholarship has cast doubts on this picture, based on doubts about the reliability of ancient sources further reads
Isis depicted with outstretched wings
(wall painting, c. 1360 BCE)
In ancient times in what is today called Pagan, some men were said to be cleansed and rise “spiritually” by intimate relations with the ‘sacred prostitute’ representing the goddess as a way of imitating the relationship between the two elder spirits of a positive and negative charge.
Elsewhere there have different goddesses dealing with fertility and sexual love in history included Inanna in Sumer whom some internet sources attribute to Ishtar in the Assyrian and Babylonian language and Astarte in Phoenicia and Ashtoreth in others.
Other sources say she was known as Aphrodite in Greece and Venus in Rome and that the name Ishtar and Astarte meant “the Star” which refers to the brightest star also known as the Morning Star and in ancient Malawi that was Nthanda mwana wa mwezi (the child of the moon) with nthanda referring to Sirius which resembled an ancient African cross when it twinkled brightly at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve.
To be continued once more information is made available.
African waistbeads photo from the Internet

Removing the veil of secrecy of ancient Malawi's Mbona...using saliva to see (wona)

Internet photo not related to this article but defining “snake saliva” taken from
Mbona’s “wives” were able to see him as a serpent which would lick them from head to toe with saliva so that their eyes open and they see (kuona or is it kuwona) him hence they would say ndakuona (I see you).,,sourced from ona.
This blog is still trying to investigate the use of snake saliva or venom by some healers and what exactly it’s used for.
Mbona is said to appear as an upright white python with “spirit wives” who are human beings and their role in ancient African prophecy (ulosi wakale) is well documented online.
This mythical serpent is said to lick the chosen woman everywhere from head to toe to wipe her and clean her of darkness (kupukuta)….meaning to assist open her spiritual self and see the past and future among other things by removing the ancient veil of secrecy so that her eyes see (kuona) which is the basis of Mbona’s name.
Its presence is also believed to come along with a specific scent throughout the air and symbolizes life since serpent spirits are considered to be immortal.
J.M. Schoffeleers in his book ‘River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi’ wrote that “Mbona was routinely portrayed as someone who causes the population to become divided amongst itself.”
He also described Mbona like an overseer “a sense of seeing or being seen, and derives from the word wona “to see” or “to be true.”
The name may possibly be related also to the noun bona, the concluding ceremony of the mourning period, at which offerings of food and beer are made”.
Now in an earlier post, this blog explained how a young woman has a dream where she sees a mansion behind a wired fence and a man in a white robe ushering her to go through the small holes.  But alas, her huge body keeps bouncing back because she is too big to go through the small hole.
The bright man not giving up again tells her “come” and ushers with his hand for her to pass through the fence which starts from the ground and seems to reach up to the sky.
Confused, the young woman again tries and this time bounces back so hard she falls down backwards.
She then hears the man tell her not to think about the holes of the fence being small but to just imagine herself going through.
Unknown to the woman this is a sign that she’s of the spiritual realms where those born of the mountain known as mizimu (spirits) can do things that ordinary people cannot do and will never do according to some ancient Malawi oral stories.
White in ancient Malawi was also the colour of the dead….meaning mizimu (spirits) whom the ancestors believed appeared in that colour.
When ones spiritual eyes are opened they are able to see spirits and things in the astral realm and they are also able to see the energy around mountains and trees which resembles a silver-like aura surrounding natures wonders.
In ancient Malawi beliefs this was the energy of spirits (mizimu) but not the dead but the winged spirits who live forever.
These are tapped into by healers for certain powers but the difference is between the good and the bad ones as they all seem to have the same powers according to oral stories.
One of these spirits is the Mbona one who can disguise itself as an upright serpent but whitish python, a man or even a woman as the veiled Nyangu spirit/goddess but not the first elderly one this blog writes about.
The first Nyangu goddess is said to have white hair under a veil and walks with the aid of a walking stick which looks like a staff with a serpent head on top just like the elderly Dziwe la Nkhalamba spirit whose name remains hidden.
San man photo to explain eye shapes but not related to this article taken from
Now the ancient secret behind these spirits is that one only saw their faces when they passed on to the other world or when the spirits which some globally call gods and goddesses allowed their faces to be seen by a chosen few.
One such spirit is Malawi’s ancient Mbona who appears as a dark-skinned and smooth face bearded man wearing a brown or black fedora with his dreadlocks tucked underneath.
His almond shaped brown eyes stand out like Nyangu’s unlike the hidden elderly one of Dziwe la Nkhalamba who is short with white hair and has slanted eyes like the Khoisan who are on the continent divided into the San or Bushmen and the pastoral Khoi or more specifically Khoikhoi, previously known as Hottentots according to the unofficial online Wikipedia.
In Malawi, Mulanje Mountain and its forest reserve is believed to have been home to the first Malawian settlers historically, known as Amwandionerapati or Abathwa according to a
A document posted online as “Malawi’s Cultural Policy - Unesco” states that “the Late Stone Age Period is the period that hosted the earliest inhabitants of Malawi locally called Akafula/Abatwa or Amwandionerapati, referring to their body structures.
“Toward the end of this period, Early Iron Age people migrated into Malawi from areas located to the northwest. The Iron Age people made and used iron tools. For several centuries, they coexisted with the Late Stone Age people but eventually they either forced the Late Stone Age people to move into remote areas or be assimilated by them…”
There are oral traditions relating to these people also known as Akafula, the diggers who are different from dwarfs as Akafula are pygmies.
Now in ancient Malawi beliefs seeing one of these could cause one to collapse in shock because they sometimes appeared as huge serpents, one-eyed monsters or would appear small then all of a sudden very tall as if on stilts.
Those possessed by such spirits especially healers would hide their faces with a veil or mask because they would glow and appear very bright and white like the mizimu (spirits).
Removing that veil or mask without permission would mean one could die so in ancient times the few who saw the faces of the mizimu (spirits) were viewed as chosen ones and lucky.
The spirit of Mbona choses whom to show it’s male face to while the rest only see its serpent form if they try and hunt for it since he conceals his face. Healers claim this serpent can be as huge as room which sounds scary!
That is the fine line between the world of the living and dead in ancient Malawi beliefs where some believed in spirits without seeing them while others especially priestesses believed and saw.
Using my own “almond” shaped eyes to try an explain the shape of ancient Malawi’s Mbona and first Nyangu’s eyes
The idea was to mostly restrict it to the trained or initiated so that the person able to see the spiritual realm and faces of the gods and goddesses would not appear insane to others.
The face of the spirit (mizimu) was always hidden from mortal beings. In other African cultures there are beautiful dances involving sacred masks and spirits (mizimu) representing the dead.
And in the far way land of ancient Egypt just like in many other cultures globally there were also some similar beliefs about spirits, gods and goddesses but explained in a different way according to the ancient culture there.
Of particular note is the Veiled Isis.  According to online sources in the”Of Isis and Osiris” Plutarch described the veiled statue of Neith (Athena) in the temple of Sais and the inscription in which the Great Goddess spoke these words :
“ἐγώ εἰμι πᾶν τὸ γεγονὸς
καὶ ὂν
καὶ ἐσόμενον
καὶ τὸν
ἐμὸν πέπλον οὐδείς
πω θνητὸς ἀπεκάλυψεν.
- Πλούταρχος
I am all that was
all that is
and all that shall be
and no mortal
hath lifted My veil”
from Book 9 of Plutarch’s “Of Isis and Osiris”
The title is a tribute to Dion Fortune for the writings of Plutarch inspired her to write these words :
I am the veiled Isis of the shadows of the sanctuary.
I am She that moveth as a shadow
behind the tides of death and birth.
I am She that cometh forth by night
and no man seeth My face.
I am older than Time and forgotten of the Gods.
No man may look upon My face and live,
for in the hour he parteth My veil, he dieth.
~ from “The Sea Priestess”
These same lines also inspired Sir Michael Tippett to make them pivotal to his ritual opera “The Midsummer Marriage” in 1955 in order to bring the my theme of Isis Unveiled to a much wider audience,” reads
Internet photo
Now the Wikipedia defines the Parting of the Veil, Piercing of the Veil, Rending of the Veil or Lifting of the Veil as referring, in the Western mystery tradition and contemporary witchcraft to “opening the “veil” of matter, thus gaining entry to a state of spiritual awareness in which the mysteries of nature are revealed.
“It is a reference to the mythical Veil of Isis, regarding which Plutarch records an inscription at the shrine of Neith-Isis-Minerva at Sais: “I am all that hath been, and is, and shall be; and my veil no mortal has hitherto raised”. H. P. Blavatsky‘s famous book on occultismIsis Unveiled is also a reference to this,” further reads
 This blog will later post Part II of ancient Malawi’s Mbona’s veil of secrecy…removed with permission.

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.