Saturday, September 13, 2014

E=mc2……Ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona (Atom) creation tales

Malawi is a beautiful land 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 some Sapitwa healers in Mulanje of a time many centuries ago before floods when creation began on a mound by spirits which they say existed way before that.
 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.

This is the myth and 'bush' science told to this blog:
M’manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi
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 in the sky and in front an elderly man with white hair dressed in very bright white clothing with wrinkles clearly defining his face and slanting eyes which resemble a leopard.
His loud voice speaking with an echo hits her ears as one message is repeated over and over again with the echo.
As if looking through a bright tunnel and towards the sun, 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.

Now this vision in the oral story is that of the hidden one but this blog cannot share his name which is a hidden word but only that it’s a mythical kingdom that is said to have existed before time in ancient Malawi myths and tales….in other words way before Tomasi Bona’s (atom) creation.
According to 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.
Bush maths explaining how ancient
Malawi’s Tomasi Bona (atom) evolved
from one to eight mizimu (spirits)
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.
According to a plant expert, mpolowoni in English is known as the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree and its family name is Umbelliferae.
Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken fromhttp://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8
According to Macphilip Chikapa on Facebook reacting to a post about it, mpolowoni can be used as a warm compress to “massage an injured body part (kunthowa in Chichewa) by removing the central stem and the outer sheath burnt on fire.”
“Since it has more concentration of water (the outer sheath it heats up the water content in it, by getting out from the fire after been heated you blow air with the mouth through the hole pointing toward the injured part. The heated moist air comes out from it and massages the injured part”, he explained.
And a female healer in the village in Mulanje explained that mpolowoni is some kind of “bush” science.
“Chochepa chimakulitsidwa ndi kuima pamwamba anthu apansi azafuula ngati mphambe mpolowoni,” she explains.
In a nutshell it means a small thing is made big by standing on top and the people (anthu but mizimu like in spirits) below will shout like thunder mpolowani which is like lightning.
The above Chichewa saying also briefly means “as above so below.”
What is the meaning of this “Tarot Card”
for as above so below online may I ask?
Is it good or bad?
Some of our ancestors believed that mpolowani is like lightning in a zigzag from above to hit the ground like “fire” with positive and negative charges hence their “primitive” beliefs that mizimu (spirits) operate or appear with lightning.
So the priestess would symbolically hold the mpolowani upward while the other hand was pointing downwards.  This position might be global as it is evident in some painting and statues throughout the world.
Now the ancestors claimed that before Mbona, one of the mythical 7 winged spirits of ancient Malawi appeared there would be a white bright light that would blind the eyes and by the time one opened them they would see him.
Now within the mythical 7 mizimu (spirits) of ancient Malawi were the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+).  The first 4 positive charges were:
1.Tomasi Bona (atom, world in his hands, feast) of the North Wind
  1. Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona, see) of the West Wind
  2. Chandiona Goneka (it’s seen me put to sleep) of the South Wind
  3. Nthanda mwana wa mwezi (Sirius, child of the moon)
And the 3 negative charges (-) pulling with the 4 to make light were:
  1. Sungamwana (keep the child)
  2. Dziwe Ntambamwana (demonic witchcraft pool)
  3. Ife Zonse ( all of us)
All these are today drawn by some healers using ufa woyera (refined white maize flour) or mapira like in sorghum at a right angle.  So from this one can do the math to calculate something similar to:
“I am One that transforms
into Two
I am Two that transforms
into Four
I am Four that transforms
into Eight
After this I am One,” about ancient Egypt’s Atum.
Ancient Egypt's Atum, finisher of the world online photo
The simple maths these uneducated village women calculated involve Tomasi Bona (atom) as the mythical one winged spirit (mizimu) below in the mount splitting into 2 to make 4 which includes the one spirit from above and then splitting into another 2 to make 6 and finally another 2 to make a total of 8 with 1 above and 7 below.
For them mizimu (spirits) always split into or form into twos like pigeons (nkhunda) whom they claim are always born in twos with a male and female creating an opposite charge of positive and negative with One and Two being the important numbers of ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona.
This blog is investigating to see if ancient Malawi’s “bush” science is similar to the equation E=MC2 first demonstrated on paper by Albert Einstein in 1905.
Rameron Pigeons, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau)
not connected to this story taken from

http://www.gobirding.eu/Trips/Malawi5.php
The ‘E’ stands for energy and the ‘M’ stands for mass. The ‘C’ stands for the speed of light, which is in the ballpark of 186,000 miles per second (about 300,000 kilometers per second) when it travels through a vacuum according to Nasa.
So the energy contained in an object is equal to the mass of the object multiplied by the speed of light squared. One of the most important implications of this equation is that energy and matter are essentially interchangeable.
“In other words, a specific amount of mass correlates to a specific amount of energy, and because of the magnitude of the ‘C’ constant in the relativity equation, we know the transition from matter to energy releases an incredible amount of energy. It was this line of thinking, in fact, that led to the development of nuclear power and the atomic bomb”,  according to http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/e-mc2-letters
Now ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona spirit was nicknamed Atom or atomu and his name meant he had the world in his hands and feast.  He was also known as Mbewula which for local healers means to run away so fast or get away.
They use that term because they claim Tomasi Bona is the strongest and most powerful of the 7 earthly spirits in their oral tales.  He is the ancient elderly spirit with white hair which used to appear at Dziwe la Nkhalamba with clothes in various oral stories villagers in Mulanje talk about.
However they say Tomasi Bona is not Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom they say is up above in the sky and beyond the sun in a place where mortal beings cannot go.
‘How To Make It Rain;
A Malawian Ancestral Story of Mbona the Rain Maker”
photo from
The Explore Malawi Blog by  A
ku Kalizan'goma
The other mizimu (spirits) are Tagoneka Mbona of the West, Chandiona Goneka of the South and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East.
All these spirits involve maths and equations but the ancient Malawi equation does not include Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
The Creator for them remained hidden and they went through spirits to send messages including ancestral spirits and their deceased kings whom they thought became like gods. 
Now Tomasi Bona leads the four positive charged ones of the mountain and three negative ones of water but they rotate with one negative energy one doing good.
The four positive male charges are said to pull the three negative female ones to produce Light say healers.  This bush science is also used to explain lightning (mphenzi) and how the mythical four winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) work.
This is the reason why Sungamwana (keep the child) of the three female negative charged ones was said to do good unlike Dziwe Ntambamwana who is said to be in the pool of Dziwe la Nkhalamba which is also viewed as a place for ziwanda (demons) who in myths guard the entrance to the other world somewhere on a rock there.
Online lightning is described as beginning with the water cycle in a process similar to evaporation and condensation.
“It is common knowledge that lightning is generated in electrically charged storm systems, but the method of cloud charging still remains elusive,” reads http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/lightning.htm
How lightning works photo taken from http://science.howstuffworks.com/nature/natural-disasters/lightning.htm
Globally lightning is viewed as a “fascinating part of weather with positive and negative lightning strokes.”
“Most cloud-to-ground strikes are negative, and a much less common number are positive. The only difference between the two kinds is the reversal of polarities in the cloud base. Normally the negative charge collects in the cloud base, with a corresponding net positive charge in the ground under the cloud. Lightning strikes originating from this  configuration are negative strikes.
“But if the cloud base becomes positively charged relative to the top of the cloud, the ground below then assumes a net negative charge, and any lightning that develops will be a positive strike,” is one explanation given online by Wendell Bechtold, Meteorologist Forecaster, National Weather Service at the Weather Forecast Office in St. Louis, Minnesota.
Black clouds above for ancestors meant rain below.
This Black clouds photo taken from 
http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
David Cook, a meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory says online that “90 percent of all lightning strokes are negative strokes, meaning that they were initiated by a large concentration of negative charge in the cloud-base; this tends to induce an area of positive charge on the ground.
“The positive lightning stroke is exactly the opposite, with a positive charge concentration in the base of the cloud inducing a negatively charged area on the ground. Positive strokes are most common in severe thunderstorms just prior to tornado formation and are being studied heavily now as possible predictors of severe weather and tornado formation,” he says.


Monday, September 8, 2014

Ancient Malawi's Napolo was Tomasi Bona (Atom)....just like Egypt's Atum

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.
Atum internet photo

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.
One of the M'manga Mudzi anthill trees or mound

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.

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.

Finger ground drawing of Napolo's ancient name
“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.

Atum as a Human-Headed Cobra
- Brooklyn museum website 

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atum 
Atum, finisher of the world online photo


Of the last ancient Malawi creation myths, atoms and 'bush science'

This blog will no longer be revealing secrets told by a few female Sapitwa healers about ancient Malawi’s gods and goddesses locally known as mizimu because the rest is not for the public to know.
As more books, drawings and writings are being revealed by the healers, this blog can only research and memorize the contents.
So all the author of this blog can do is to thank all for reading the little ancient myths and tales she tried to share with the world and hope it will inspire others to also write their own myths and tales in future.
So here goes my last post revealing Sapitwa secrets thanks to Mbona healers:

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.
Hidden under it are ancient secrets of ancient times including a rumoured golden African wine kettle gourd locally known as Nsupa used by some powerful ancient kings and the only woman of ancient Malawi history to use one.

There are also some treasures of ancient kings said to be hidden in there with specific instructions that it must never be opened.

Now these kings are not the ones we know today but mizimu as in spirits or gods in the afterlife including one female goddess if this blog may call her that for lack of a better word.
Now this goddess is said to have gotten something from that mpingo tree which gave her power.  The said tree is also said to have been the one where a certain powerful spirit of ancient Malawi sprang from and the seeds of his “offspring”. 
This blog will not go into detail how that was done but only reveal that it was similar to an ancient Egypt creation myth freely posted on many websites online.
Throughout the world there are various myths and tales about creation and African countries and various ancient cultures and religions have not been spared.
Ancient Egypt mound photo taken from
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_creation_myths
This blog can only share oral stories told by some Sapitwa healers with permission but not as an endorsement but only a way of telling a story never told before.
Although many of the ancestors of this continent believed in Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God), unlike us for some reason they did not believe that one can know God personally so they would go through their ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo) whom they felt were closer to the Creator in their spirit form.
For unknown reasons, some ancestors of this ancient land believed that only reincarnations of gods and goddesses including Mbona in the afterlife go to the place where the Creator is while the rest join the underworld on earth but in a different astral realm.
Some would also go through winged spirits (mizimu) who have never been human to send messages and requests to the Creator whom they believed was up and beyond the sun in a far place.
Now the winged spirits who roamed the earth were viewed as “gods” and were also believed to have their own powers but not stronger than the Creator.
It’s because of these winged spirits that some rituals were performed with the gist of them being intimate acts which this blog cannot share with the public to avoid offending many fellow Malawians.
Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East
However this blog can reveal that there is a medical sign known as a caduceus which explains the exchange of power between one powerful ancient Malawi spirit and a woman.
The name of the powerful spirit (mizimu) of ancient Malawi was Tomasi Bona of the North wind responsible for black clouds and rain in various local myths.
Tomasi Bona was nicknamed Atom or atomu and his name meant he had the world in his hands and feast.  He was also known as Mbewula which for local healers means to run away so fast or get away.
They use that term because they claim Tomasi Bona is the strongest and most powerful of the seven earthly spirits in their oral tales.  He is the ancient elderly spirit with white hair which used to appear at Dziwe la Nkhalamba with clothes in various oral stories villagers in Mulanje talk about.
However they say Tomasi Bona is not Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom they say is up above and beyond the sun in a place where mortal beings cannot go.
The other mizimu (spirits) are Tagoneka Mbona of the West, Chandiona Goneka of the South and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East.
Internet photo of scientific positive and negative charges
All these spirits involve maths and equations but the ancient Malawi equation does not include Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
The Creator for them remained hidden and they went through spirits to send messages including ancestral spirits and their deceased kings whom they thought became like gods. 
Now the mythical 7 mizimu of ancient Malawi were the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+):
Tomasi Bona (Atom…world in his hands, feast) – North wind 
Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona..I see) – West and sunset
Chandiona Gonekela (it’s seen me put to sleep) – South wind
Nthanda mwana wa mwezi [Nthandi] (Sirius, child of the moon) – East 
And the mythical negative charge ones (-) of water were:
Sungamwana – Keep the child
Dziwe Ntambamwana – Witchcraft pool
Ife Zonse – All of us
Now all these were drawn like this done with ufa woyera (refined white maize flour) or mapira like in sorghum but they were drawn straighter than what this blog has drawn here at a right angle. 
So from this one can do the math to calculate something similar to:
“I am One that transforms
into Two
I am Two that transforms
into Four
I am Four that transforms
into Eight
After this I am One,” about ancient Egypt’s Atum.
In ancient Egypt there was: 
  1. Shu (Air)
    2. Tefnut (Moisture)
    3. Geb (Earth)
    4. Nut (Sky)
and the four mythical ancient Egypt Netcherwy said to “have given birth to four other Netcherwy were:
  1. Ausar (the Principle of Omnipotence) also known as Osiris
    6. Aset (Female Complement of Ausar) also known as Isis
    7. Set (Principle of Opposition)
    8. Nebt-Het (Female Complement of Set)”, further reads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancient_Egyptian_creation_myths
Now Tomasi Bona leads the four positive charged ones of the mountain and three negative ones of water but they rotate with one negative energy one doing good.
The four positive male charges are said to pull the three negative female ones to produce Light say healers.  This bush science is also used to explain lightning and how the mythical four winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) work.
This is the reason why Sungamwana (keep the child) of the three female negative charged ones was said to do good unlike Dziwe Ntambamwana who is said to be in the pool of Dziwe la Nkhalamba which is also viewed as a place for ziwanda (demons) who in myths guard the entrance to the other world somewhere on a rock there.
Ancient Egypt online drawings from the ‘
Book of the Dead’ also shared on the British Museum website
This blog has seen some drawings and books which explain the myths and tales and can only say it’s similar to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
This is not the world where Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) was believed to be as Creator of the universe which for the ancestors did not only include earth.
The underworld or other world captured in some drawings shows myths and tales of a place were mizimu gods and goddesses are while the ancestral ones (mizimu yamakolo) where believed to be in different places.
The nyanga ancestral spirits were believed to become spirits depicting animals while the ones that did not practice magic were believed to appear as human beings but in a spirit form with bent and wobbly legs go some oral stories which this blog is not endorsing.
From an ancient Egypt point of view, Rita Lucarelli online in an article titled ‘The guardian-demons of the Book of the Dead’ wrote that “among the encounters of the deceased during his journey, a special place is given to those creatures who watch over certain passages that are represented as gates, portals and doors; these encounters are described in BD 144–147 (Fig. 1). Doors and door-watchers of the netherworld are also the theme of other ancient Egyptian funerary compositions.”
“For example the Book of Gates and the Book of the Night. On a broader perspective, the central role that demonic beings play for the protection of sacred liminal places located between earth and the netherworld is also well attested in other religions, be it that of ancient Mesopotamia, or modern Buddhism and Hinduism. Nonetheless, the manner in which the deceased personally interacts with the guardians of the doors, and in most of the cases engages in a direct dialogue with them, is unique to Book of the Dead spells.
“From an ontological point of view, I would define these guardian-figures as ‘demons,’ namely supernatural beings which mediate between gods and mankind. Although the term nTr or its hieroglyphic determinatives can designate the inhabitants of the netherworld and in particular the door-guardians, I think it is possible to distinguish the guardians from the gods of the official pantheon. 
"As a matter of fact, the ancient Egyptian demons possess supernatural powers like the gods, but, in general, they have rather specific tasks and often their action is the consequence of the gods’ will,” further writes Lucarelli inhttp://www.britishmuseum.org/pdf/Lucarelli.pdf  
Online ancient Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Of ancient Malawi’s nyanga charms being diluted and destroyed...


Dziwe la Nkhalamba
 A hand suddenly appears in the mythical realm of Sapitwa, the highest peak of Mulanje Mountain and suddenly points a huge white sword plaited with gold linings to the East and keeps it in that direction according to an oral myth told to this blog.

The deformed looking man whose head is shaped like a hexagon practices the ancient teachings of all that is holy and powerful coming from the East where the sun rises and that work of nature is used as a compass for some of the illiterate of Malawi to easily find their way around.

The sun which shines brightly in the sky is said to be the shield that protects the entrance to where Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) is, way above in sky….in a place where no mortal man can easily reach or see in oral stories.

It is in that direction where many ancient priests and priestesses today grouped together as asing’anga  (traditional  healers) send their requests and prayers for the one whose face is Hidden.
Ancient African cross to represent the 4 winds
of North, South, West and East


Staring into a dilapidated temple like building the strange looking man takes out a measuring tape as if trying to figure out some mathematical calculations and shows the woman near him the object of his desire.
The man then shows her very shallow water in which there is a silver fish and far in the distance there is a blue pool so deep that nearby tables and chairs float on top of the water.
All of a sudden the deformed man gives the woman his sword and tells her to cut the fish in the swallow water in half but she refuses while screaming that she pities it and can hunt for food because she is not a hunter.
The man then turns to look at her, his eyes piercing and standing out as if staring right through her soul.  His white hair is quite visible and so are his high cheekbones and smooth dark skin when he appears normal.
You see this is the winged spirit called Mbewula whom some ancestors of this ancient land used to invoke during battles or for protection using their ancient nyanga rituals.
Mbewula is also the strong winged spirit whom healers say has found his way to the mythical Sapitwa after being in “Kuba” and another hidden area for a very long time.
One of the very rare ancient M’manga Mudzi anthill trees in Malawi.
There is a possibility that the mythical “Kuba” of some healers is actually Mount Namuli or Mocuba in Mozambique but this blog is still investigating to establish whether this is true or not.
Now this ancient Mbewula spirit and nyanga spirits are said to be dissolving and removing all power of nyanga that has been used to harm innocent people but not the one for self-protection say some healers.
That is why they believe all nyanga people who harm innocent people will fall and be disgraced as their powers are diluted and their evil ways exposed for all to see as the nyanga spirits pull them down and work with the winged spirits is an oracle from Sapitwa told to this blog.
In their vision of the “living dead” as they believe all spirits are immortal and that mizimu yakwiya (the spirits are angry), they talk of a powerful female healer being groomed to replace the first ancient Nyangu but not related to the known Nyangus of today.
With a fly-whisk she will make many nyanga people drop their charms including zithumwa (small magical pillows) is what this blog has been told in one of those “typical” Malawi matsenga stories.
This woman is also expected to dig up the secret place where an ancient nsupa (African wine kettle gourd) is buried so that she can destroy it and all powers associated with it so that all those who relied on it for good luck or love charms through evil means fall is the oral story told to this blog in Chichewa.
To be continued once more information is given to this blog.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Of Ancient Malawi’s Njeza (Field Of Reeds) and not Kanjedza ( Palm Leaves)?

What some Malawians call Njeza Reeds – Internet photo
A young dread-locked dark-skinned smooth skinned man with a well-shaped black beard holds his breath as he treks into the wilderness to meditate and get in touch with nature and animals among other things.
You see the young Mbona is considered to be one of the best traditional healers (sing’anga) in the area who also uses magic (matsenga) to disappear and turn into various birds and animals go some oral unofficial stories about Mbona.
Now whenever Mbona trekked into the bush he would use a reed locally called Chipala or Mponja but this blog does not know the exact spelling or whether it was consumed or just carried like others.
But anyway this reed would make him not get hungry for a long time and always feel full.  This is the same reed some Sapitwa healers use today to always feel as if they’ve eaten whenever they fast.

One specific healer who does not eat nsima or things like pork is somehow still fat although she does not eat much. 
What some Malawians call Bango reed which in English is Bamboo reed Phragmites
Reeds which some healers call njeza are also said to be found a lot at the mythical Sapitwa on top of Mulanje Mountain.
These are not the leaves of kanjedza (palm leaves) whose dates or whatever they are called are used to make uchema (palm wine) in the Lower Shire.
In ancient Malawi reed mats made from njeza were used as death mats instead of coffins just like in ancient Egypt while papyrus was used for wrapping lepers for medical purposes according to a Sapitwa healer. 
Papyrus (Mululu) and Reeds (Njeza)
Reeds are also something mentioned in the official Khulubvi Mbona stories.
Among the known reeds in Malawi are bango which is scientifically known as Bamboo reed Phragmites, njeza and mululu which is papyrus.  However some in Malawi confuse njeza with mululu because they claim they grow together.
Others like mkeka mats are made from palm leaves which are woven together. Reeds are also used to make mats like njeza and the bango one locally known as mphasa which women use to dry out maize.
The same mphasa, which is a thick mat made of split reeds and used as a bed is also used in funerals as a death mat while the mkeka is a thin made of palm leaves.
Putting the mphasa on the windows of a shop or home is believed to dilute the magical powers of thieves who try to gain access into a building using charms.
In other words the mphasa is a deterrent used by some healers in so many things and Mbona used many types of reeds in his magic.
Historians need to establish if ancient Malawi’s Mbona asking Mlauli to use “a leaf of a reed” to kill him meant they played a role in funerary texts. In the text below the reed used as a knife on magical Mbona’s neck is “bango.’
Mphasa mat made from Bango which
 in English is Bamboo reed Phragmites
 “Pano dzina lake ndi pa Ndione” kapena kuti, “Ndili pano ndigwire….kuti muphe ine tengani mjere, dzani lamtengo, kaya khwaule la bango, mucheke nalo pakhosi langa.  Apo pokha mudzapha ine…..” says Mbona on p.37 of the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8 book.
Mphasa made from bango is also used in figures of speech or expressions in Malawi.  Among them is the expression “kupititsa mwana ku mphasa” which literally means taking the child to the mat but it’s real meaning being the first time a couple is sleeping together after a period following childbirth.
The child is kept between them, so that the warmth of the parents can meet in the child, in order to make it grow and prosper better reads the English Chichewa – Chinyanja Dictionary compiled and edited by Steven Paas.

Another expression is “nanga kumkeka kuli bwanji” which means how is your marital life? Literally it’s how is the mat?
Reeds might be the main thing that might connect many African cultures and countries to some ancient Egyptian beliefs concerning the “Field of Reeds” in their afterlife which is documented in http://www.experience-ancient-egypt.com/egyptian-afterlife.html#sthash.Iv7wIdN0.dpuf
Now a Sapitwa priestess (ansembe) claims that the Njeza reed when carried would bend down to show the holder had committed something wrong that was being investigated including whether or not a young woman was a virgin before marriage.
Njeza mat
Some Malawians online defined bango (reed) as being sharp on both sides and mnjere as the peel/rind of a sheaf, a shrub of cereal family or the peel of a sugar cane. 
 “Msungwi yomwe amapangira nsengwa or lichero limakhala lakuthwa mbali zonse.”
According to an online document titled ‘Institutions and Ecosystem-Based Development Potentials of the Elephant Marsh, Malawi’, papyrus and reeds grow thickly in the Elephant Marsh and are used locally to make mats, hats, chairs, thatch, granaries, baskets and fishing gear.

“Papyrus is also used as a lining for coffins. Lily bulbs (locally known as nyika) are sometimes eaten for carbohydrates especially in years of poor crop.”
The Egyptian Afterlife in the Fields of Reeds called “Aaru” was a continuation of life in Egypt where pharaohs remained pharaohs, the god s the same and the workers had to work hard among other things. http://www.experience-ancient-egypt.com/egyptian-afterlife.html#sthash.Iv7wIdN0.dpuf
It’s in these fields where Osiris ruled after he became part of the Egyptian pantheon and displaced Anubis in the Ogdoad tradition.
Weaving mats and stuff made from palm leaves (kanjedza) Photo fromhttp://msaluraprimaryschool.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/msalura-school-blog-to-biggin-hill-primary-school-uk/


“It has been described as the ka (a part of the soul) of the Nile Delta. Only souls who weighed exactly the same as the feather of the goddess Ma’at were allowed to start a long and perilous journey to Aaru, where they would exist in pleasure for all eternity.
“The ancient Egyptians believed that the soul resided in the heart. Those whose heart did not match the weight of the feather of Ma’at due to their sins were excluded. They were said to suffer a second death when devoured by another being, Ammit, while still in Duat for judgment…
Finished weaving products made from palm leaves (kanjedza) taken from
http://msaluraprimaryschool.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/msalura-school-blog-to-biggin-hill-primary-school-uk/
“Aaru usually was placed in the east, where the Sun rises, and is described as eternal reed fields, very much like those of the earthly Nile delta: an ideal hunting and fishing ground, and hence, those deceased who, after judgment, were allowed to reside there, were often called the eternally living,” further reads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aaru

Ancient Egypt’s Field of Reeds
http://classroom.synonym.com/ancient-egypt-happens-couldnt-afford-preserved-10366.html

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.


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