Saturday, January 30, 2016

Ancient Malawi Beer for the living, the dead & spirits (mizimu)

*Note: I’m still still researching ancient Malawi beer and this is unfunded amateur and not scholar work in response to a few Malawian men who have been attacking me and trying but failing to discourage me from blogging about priestesses.  
I will be seeking funding to enable me travel to different places of historical interest and make this blog more professional as it has been my hobby and passion for years despite what a few men who hate the role of women in ancient Malawi say.
Beer sorghum
Eat, drink and be merry with local beer (mowa wamasese) and ncwala which fills the tummy?
In Egypt, beer was regarded as food. In fact, the old Egyptian hieroglyph for “meal” was a compound of those for “bread” and “beer”. –http://www.beeradvocate.com/articles/629/
Beer, called hqt (heqet) in ancient Egypt reportedly included malt and so did the Nguni’s called “imithombo (malt), maize and mabele” according to a South African Facebook friend.
And an African-American Facebook friend said “malted barley flour is made from barley that is malted (e.g. barley that is allowed to germinate), steam-dried, hulled, then ground and sifted.”
Beer drinking
Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs for day of drunkenness shared on Facebook
THEKA, THEKA (HALF, HALF) – MEASURING THE MALAWIAN “SCALES”
Some ancient healers of Malawi in various rituals including oracles would say THEKA THEKA (HALF) in the Chinyanja language similar to balancing scales which was done by the one in the centre.
This meant the one in the middle balanced the left and right side to be able to “see” the spirit world.
Now when some ancient priest-hoods (ansembe) used Ufa (flour) as a nsembe offering, it was in a cupped hand as K and also measured as THEKA THEKA (HALF, HALF).
Theka Theka
THEKA, THEKA (HALF, HALF) measuring ufa (flour) in the palm – Photo by Agnes Mizere
If the scale spiritually balanced then they would say the person is balanced but if it tilted they would read further into that person using their belief systems.
So we have Theka as half -theka as in zitheka as to mean to be possible so using those words we can also say So Mote it be…it’s possible Ase.
The Theka, Theka meaning Half, Half measurement was done in the palm of the hand to measure ufa (flour) for nsembe offerings and to also measure and weigh the ingredients for making local beer in relation to the spirit world.
Tekha in ancient Egypt was also the weigher, the pointer of the scales according to the online book ‘The Sound of Meaning:  Comparative Linguistics of Ancient Egyptian, Maya and Nahuatl’ by Charles William Johnson who on p13 defines “Mexican” as an “Aryan language closely akin to Sanskrit and Avestan but more primitive than either, in fact Aryan of the proethnic period.”
Judgment
Last judgement of Hunefer before Osiris, Book of the Dead, Hunefer’s tomb at Thebes, Egypt, Dynasty XIX, c. 1285 BCE, painted papyrus online photo
from flashcardmachine.comLast judgement of Hunefer before Osiris, Book of the Dead, Hunefer's tomb at Thebes, Egypt, Dynasty XIX, c. 1285 BCE, painted papyrus1Emily BenfieldARTH
But unlike the Mexican analysis of Johnson, ancient Malawi’s Theka applied both to measuring grain flour and alcohol contents on top of the judgment of the heart.
Mtima wabwino kapena woyipa meant a good or bad heart to mean a good or evil person in ancient beliefs.
For figuring out oracles they would observe and sense a person’s heart to see what emotions were inside based on their belief system and they would also study the right and left eye to try and read into the person’s soul together with the hidden heart.
Gone are those days but still worth recording as ancient myths as nature had rock scales which ancestors from priesthoods studied but it’s not known if Sanjika Rock where John Chilembwe spent time was a balanced Rock used in ancient times.
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Sanjika Rock where John Chilembwe spent time. Kamuzu’s Sanjika Palace also has the same name. Photo by Agnes Mizere
Imwa thapysa muyezo as in kulezera mopitirila (drunkenness) also meant measuring and weighing the scales and kondwererani in ancient times whose equivalent in English is eat, drink and be merry.
Muyezo is usually defined as a “measurement standard” so the meaning was for one to enjoy their life as much as they can before they leave this world.
The beer for the living, dead and spirits (mizimu) involved the spirit of Mikolo Njinjinji (Sacred African Ibis) and Mbona of the West wind as in black and the grey clouds for rain among others and not the Mbona known by most Malawians but the one from centuries ago who had a hidden name.
Mbona is usually broken down as in –ona as in to see and a different spirit from Bona of the North wind also known as Napolo hence Tomasi Bona.
Their colour was green for agriculture and sacrifices included traditional beer for 20 f the left side and 20 of the right making a total of 40.
Women are usually given a ‘due date’ for their baby that is calculated as 280 days after the onset of their last menstrual period which is roughly 40 weeks though not exact but representing life (moyo).
The known Malawi was in the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8 book published by Dzuka Publishing Company in 1982 but the one connected to Bona has never been written about before and he is one of many said to be at the hidden Sapitwa kingdom and not the rock peak some tourists climb.
Mbona knife
Mbona illustration from the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa book for Standard 8
In ancient Malawi there were mainly two groups of spirits ranging from mizimu yamakolo (ancestral spirits) to mizimu (spirits) which have never been human including the winged ones.
Now in the Chichewa or Chinyanja language of Malawi the word -kondwa means happy and -kondwera is be pleased so in a nutshell -kondwa also means merry as in to be merry.
Some Malawian men who enjoying drinking in taverns describe Chibuku as the sorghum beer that makes them merry and full hence they say “kondwererani” ndi mowa wa Chibuku chifukwa umakhutitsa”.
Chibuku
Chibuku Shake Shake photo taken fromhttps://intomalawi.wordpress.com/2011/10/07/chibuku-shake-shake/
According to online sources Chibuku, the traditional sorghum opaque beer is made from sorghum and some barley malt.
Strangely, there are no websites defining or giving the history of Malawi’s mowa wamasese (local beer) or ucwala so this blog uses the commercially known type captured online.
“Chibuku was first brewed in Zimbabwe in 1962. Chibuku, a market leader in the sorghum beer category is a traditional sorghum opaque beer brewed with the finest maize and sorghum locally grown in Zimbabwe”. – http://www.delta.co.zw/trad/chibuku
However the ‘Zulu Beer – Utshwala besizulu’ website is more defined explaining how the alcoholic beverage is brewed mostly by women over a three day period and it’s ingredients include 1 kg malt (umthombo wombila), 4 pkts 1kg malt (umthombo wamabele), 1 kg mielie meal and boiling water. –http://ulwazi.org/index.php/Zulu_beer
Beer was a very important Egyptian drink and the staple drink for adults and offering to the gods and dead wrote Caroline Seawright in 2001 onhttp://www.thekeep.org/~kunoichi/kunoichi/themestream/egypt_alcohol.html#.Vqy7UPl97IU
In ancient Egypt becoming drunk was TEKHU drink TEKHAU drunkard TEKHTA habitual drunkard TEKH the “drunken” festival TEKHAIT, TEKHIT drunkenness TEKH to drink, to drink oneself drunk which also sounds like Tequila the Mexican drink according to other websites.
In the Eber Papyrus “Half an onion and the froth of beer was considered “a delightful remedy against death,” according to the Crystalinks website under Ancient Egyptian Medicine
“Tekh, a holiday which translates to “drunkenness”, observes the myth of Sekhmet nearly destroying mankind but ceased upon intoxication. In Ancient Egypt Tekh was allegedly celebrated through intoxication in addition to rituals.
“In the temple of Dendera the ritual for Tekh spanned five days which included a procession of Het-Hert to the temple roof,  returning back to Her shrine slowly, then the procession of the Dendera Ennead to the temple roof for the ritual of uniting with the sun disc.
“The laymen during this time, if they could manage it, would also celebrate.  There are records of drunkenness in the temple so worshipers would get closer to Sekhmet through intoxication” according tohttps://upholdingmaat.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/a-semi-nifty-tekh-guide/

Thoth.jpg
Photo from Pinterest on http://www.pinterest.com

Month 1; Tekh (Thoth, Thuti, Thout, Djwhty)
10            procession of Isis (Late Period)
15            Hapi and Amun
17-18      Wagy or Wag
19           Wag and Thoth. festival
20          Tekh (drunkenness)
22          Great Procession of Osiris.
30          Osiris and Ennead
“In a myth about the end of Ra’s rule on the earth, Ra sends Hathor or Sekhmet to destroy mortals who conspired against him.
“In the myth, Sekhmet’s blood-lust was not quelled at the end of battle and led to her destroying almost all of humanity, so Ra poured out beer dyed with red ochre or hematite so that it resembled blood. Mistaking the beer for blood, she became so drunk that she gave up the slaughter and returned peacefully to Ra”, according tohttp://www.greekmythology.com/pictures/Myths/The_Myths/127796/sekhmet/
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Many have written about ancient Egypt’s spirits 

Friday, January 29, 2016

Ancient Malawi's Theka, Theka...balancing stones scale, measuring the heart (mtima)

'Mtima wabwino kapena woipa or is it woyipa' - meaning a good or bad heart to mean a good or evil person in ancient beliefs...could that also refer to the soul as a spirit is mzimu?
Some ancient healers of Malawi in various rituals including oracles would say THEKA THEKA (HALF) in the Chinyanja language similar to balancing scales which was done by the one in the centre. 
For figuring out oracles they would observe and sense a person's heart to see what emotions were inside based on their belief system and they would also study the right and left eye to try and read into the person's soul together with the hidden heart.
Gone are those days but sill worth recording as ancient myths as nature had rock scales which ancestors from priesthoods studied but it's not known if Sanjika Rock where John Chilembwe spent time was a balanced Rock used in ancient times.

Now  when some ancient priesthoods (ansembe) used Ufa (flour) as a nsembe offering , it was in a cupped hand as K and measured as THEKA THEKA (HALF, HALF).
If the scale mythical balanced then they would say the person is balanced but if it tilted they would read further into that person using their belief systems.
So we have Theka as half -theka as in zitheka as to mean to be possible so using those words we can also say So Mote it be...it's possible Ase.
Tekha in ancient Egypt was also the weigher, the pointer of the scales  according to the online book 'The Sound of Meaning: Comparative Linguistics of Ancient Egyptian, Maya and Nahuatl' on https://books.google.mw/books?id=vDXYMct_fRQC&pg=PA65&lpg=PA65&dq=tekha+ancient+egypt&source=bl&ots=INGAEhF1Yt&sig=G8mE5tK4kyZnxKasvuM9th-HIf4&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=tekha%20ancient%20egypt&f=false
However I'm not sure if that was in relation to Ancient Egypt's mythical Hall of Judgement and if the scale was like the Western one not balanced as being flat on top like in the below online scroll.
An website for children has a comprehensive guide and fact sheet about the Hall of Judgement. These include:
The ancient Egyptian 'Book of the Dead'
The Hall of Double Justice or the Hall of the Two Truths
The 42 'Assessor gods' or judges
The 'Declaration of Innocence' or 'Negative Confessions'
The 'weighing of the heart ceremony'.
The role of Osiris, Anubis, Ma'at, Ammit and Thoth
The ancient Egyptian 'Judgement Day'
An overview of the Hall of Judgement in the Book of the Dead

Now eyes and their shapes have played an important role in African society with some beliefs associating witches and wizards with wide owl ones in contrast to slanted pigeon and dove ones.
In ancient Africa pigeons represented peace and were said to flee a home where there is conflict and constant arguments. A type of mphonda in the pumpkin family is placed by some healers near a village pigeon’s “home”.
Some mphonda are like African Wine Kettle gourds locally known as nsupa while others include gourds similar to the basket shape one on http://www.seedman.com/Gourds.htm
Eyes are also mentioned 502 times in the King James Bible and the word eye some 115 times.  The Big Brother show also had an eye for a logo like on http://www.36ng.com.ng/2013/05/26/big-brother-africa-season-8-the-chase-is-on-meet-the-28-housemates-for-2013/ and some currencies in western countries have a gazing eye as well as some television stations. 
In Malawi, Mbona is known for his right protruding eye while ancient Egypt information online shows that the right eye of Horus, son of Osiris and Isis represented concrete factual information controlled by the left brain while the left eye controlled the right brain, dealing with esoteric thoughts and feelings responsible for intuition.
In the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8, in the tale, Mbona’s red eyes on p37 is described as sticking out like a snake.  In ancient times, the ancestors of this land did not view all snakes as evil but goat spirits.
Healers and other spiritual enlightened people were said to either have the right eye of an upright snake or the left eye of a goat which was considered evil.
In ancient Malawians teachings the eyes for seeing spiritual issues and spirits was believed to be in the heart, globally known by some as the “seat of the soul.”
It’s with those “eyes” that some Sapitwa healers like saying “ndakuona (I see you)” whenever they catch a person in the spiritual realm doing something evil like using magic to rob or harm innocent people.
They claim they can see the physical world with their two eyes but they use the eyes of their hearts to see the spiritual world or spirits so they say.  For them it’s like removing a cloth of one’s face to enable them see things of the spirit closely in dreams or visions (masophenya) could that be the reason for the saying “Kadaona maso mtima suyiwala” which in a nutshell means something like “seeing is believing” but literally something like what the eyes has seen the heart does not forget?
Online, the Eye is also attributed to Masonry with the all-seeing eye representing God referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe.  Internet sources also show that the Eye of the Providence is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light and usually enclosed by a triangle.  It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind.
Curious to know what it means in other belief systems or ancient teachings and whether or not this online statue of ancient Egypt's Osiris (Ausar) has a protruding right eye and an African Wine Kettle gourd on his head locally known as Nsupa together with a fly whisk and mibawa staff?

Friday, December 11, 2015

Egypt (KMT) where 3 ancient African Brotherhoods originated...sacred masks?

“The Ancient Wisdom is, in Africa, enshrined in a Brotherhood (a term used by them, but which embraces women as well). The Brotherhood they call Bonaabakulu abasekhemu might be translated as The Brotherhood of the Higher Ones of Egypt.
The Isanusi gives the grades of the Brotherhood as:
  1. The Pupil.
  2. The Disciple.
  3. The Brother.
  4. The Elder.
  5. The Master.
  6. Those who Know. (Isangoma).
Additionally, there are lay Disciples and lay Brothers.
“The Isanusi emphasize that the Isangoma, elevated though they are, represent the supreme development possible to humans on the physical plane.
“There are others, not of any Brotherhood, save the Brotherhood of All. They are called Abakulubantu (that is Supreme Ones or the Perfect Ones). These are ones for whom the necessity of rebirth has ceased; they dwell on earth in physical form by their own will and can retain or relinquish that form as they please,” partly reads The Theosophist of August 1927, p. 549-60).
Author Dom Pedro V in his book ‘The Quantum Vision of Simon Kimbangu: Kintuadi in 3D’ wrote “the African brotherhood Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu is considered the oldest and predate any traceable lineage of every other religious tradition on earth today.
“It goes back to approximately 3900 BC.  The next closest tradition in terms of of age would be Vedic tradition of India, which based on the Rig Veda, could be traced back to about 1500 BC, and even the Vedic tradition would appear also to owe some of its spiritual science to Kamit or Nsemi “,  wrote Dom Pedro V.https://books.google.mw/books?id=Jql8gymEI_kC&pg=PT42&lpg=PT42&dq=”Bonaabakulu+Abasekhemu”&source=bl&ots=Gv07nnhYIY&sig=hbSky-_h2esnk5UzV6Y-ObJoJzw&hl=en&sa=X&ei=PDjoVPqdD9XWaoOqgLAN&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22Bonaabakulu%20Abasekhemu%22&f=false
Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu is also re-written in Kikongo as Bana ba Nkulu abaSe N’semi hence: “Bona abakhulu base Khemu meaning We see or have seen (Bona) the great (Abakhulu) from KMT (Khemu) while an Elder is Mkhulu or Khulu.
In ancient Malawi the words Mbona and Bona came from -ona in Chichewa/Chinyanja meaning to see and KMT are abbreviations for Kumeta as in shaving mourners and initiation for a specific ethnic group and Kutema Mphini as in the incisions made for administering charms and herbs to the body.
Now Bana in Kikongo resembles ana in Chichewa which means children.
Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu” re-written in Kikongo as Bana ba Nkulu abaSe N’semi is explained in the book ‘The Quantum Vision of Simon Kimbangu: Kintuadi In 3D’ by Dom Pedro V.
The 1895 Kongo language dictionary defines Nsemi a maker of images, a sculptor & Nsema the creating, creation see sema”.  https://archive.org/stream/dictionarygramma00bentuoft/dictionarygramma00bentuoft_djvu.txt
Besides wooden carvings other sacred things including masks are carved by the Great One according to some online websites explaining the spirit world as in mizimu of some ancient African kingdoms.
In ancient Malawi there was BONA and MBONA with -ona meaning TO SEE and CHOONADI meaning the TRUTH hence akunena zoona as in he or she speaks the Truth… When enlightened the RIGHT EYE PROTRUDES and sticks out as in SHINING (KUWALA) more than the left one representing DARKNESS (MDIMA).
The RIGHT EYE (KUMANJA) and MANJA is hands sticks out like this “Osiris” statue unlike the LEFT EYE (KUMANZERE). Mbona Ostiriza (the last Seer) as in MBONA from -ONA to see and TOMASI BONA also with -ONA as to see has a right protruding eye like a SNAKE (Njoka) and not a left protruding one like a GOAT (Mbuzi).
They call that MASOMPHENYA (VISION) and being able to see what is hidden in the DARK like an OWL (KADZIDZI), the night-bird so the NGANGA as in asing’anga African doctors and healers can also see the MIZIMU (SPIRITS) who are hidden and also the MIZIMU YAMAKOLO (ANCESTRAL SPIRITS).
Words are also spoken briefly as codes. For example when they said bowa muntengo (tree ear mushrooms which grow on dead wood or trees) it would mean those who have ears, listen.
Bowa is a mushroom and mutengo is in the tree so mushrooms in the tree. And those who have eyes “see” not with the two eyes we know but with your “other eyes”….this we call masomphenya (vision) to see even what is hidden in the dark like owls created by the Great Spirit who is God (Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe).
According to Asar Imphotep in his blog, Kulu is also one of the words used for God in Africa with “Proto-Bantu /l/ was /d/, so it was KuDu.” What is interesting is that in Chichewa/Chinyanja Akuluakulu are the elders and mkulu is an elder hence sayings like akulu a mvula ya kale to mean the elders of old rains and mawu a akuluakulu akoma akagonera etc.
Then there is Gule Wamkulu as in the Great dance which is sacred and I don’t write about it since I’m ignorant and a child and there is the different Nguni’s Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu re-written in Kikongo as Bana ba Nkulu abaSe N’semi hence: “Bona abakhulu base Khemu meaning We see or have seen (Bona) the great (Abakhulu) from KMT (Khemu) while an Elder is Mkhulu or Khulu”- Nguni/Ngoni and the ancient god called KhuluKhulu” is some information that has been made available to this blog about their presence in ancient Egypt.
Like the Nguni/ Ngoni word Khulukhulu meaning “a grandparent of our great great-parents” then Akuluakulu amati is the great-great ones say.
And then there is something like “mawu a akulu akoma akagonera” (elders‟ words are always good advice) besides the popularMalawi proverb “Akulu ndi mdambo mozimira moto” (elders are fountains of wisdom that solve all problems).
In Malawi Bona and Mbona as in -ona also means to see and Akuluakulu means elders so Mbona was like a seer and some South Africans online explained that “the ancient god called KhuluKhulu has been distorted to be Nkulunkulu. Khulukhulu is a grandparent of great great-parents. “Bona abakhulu base Khemu means We see or have seen (Bona) the great (Abakhulu) from KMT (Khemu).
An Elder is Mkhulu or Khulu”- Nguni/Ngoni and since the words nsemi, sema and nsembe are different with Kikongo’s Nsemi meaning “maker of images” while -sema is to carve in Chichewa and nsembe offerings, I’m curious to know if such ancient African brotherhoods were connected to the ancient Nganga of Africa?

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
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?


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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.

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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.


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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. 



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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