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.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Similarities between Ancient Malawi’s Nyangu, Isis, Ra & Obelisks

What is the meaning of the Obelisk
in the West and ancient Egypt?
A young trainee Malawian healer is led by her teacher to sit in an open space on a white chair and enjoy the weather on a good warm but cloudy day.
All of a sudden the sun peaks from the clouds and hits her face so that she could feel its warm.  Closing her eyes to avoid looking directly at the sun as she fears getting blind, the young woman enjoys its warm.
Then all of a sudden she feels the heat leaving and opens her eyes to see black clouds covering part of the sun and making the place warm again.
As simple as this sounds, the vision is an important lesson for the young healer….it teaches her how positive and negative energy worked in that example of the bright sun and black clouds which also appear when it’s about to rain after heat.
This was one of the ancient teachings of Mbona when he pointed his two-edged knife locally known as kandalanga which resembled a sword to the North for hot winds to usher in rain from Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
This belief system is similar to ancient Egyptian solar deity known as Ra. By the Fifth Dynasty (2494 to 2345 BC) he had become a major god in ancient Egyptian religion, identified primarily with the midday sun.
According to the same Wikipedia source the major cult centre of Ra was Heliopolis (called Iunu, “Place of Pillars”, in Egyptian), where he was identified with the local sun-god Atum.

“Through Atum, or as Atum-Ra, he was also seen as the first being and the originator of the Ennead, consisting of Shu and Tefnut, Geb and Nut, Osiris, Set, Isis and Nephthys.

The cult of the Mnevis bull, an embodiment of Ra, had its centre in Heliopolis and there was a formal burial ground for the sacrificed bulls north of the city.

“All forms of life were believed to have been created by Ra, who called each of them into existence by speaking their secret names. Alternatively humans were created from Ra’s tears and sweat, hence the Egyptians call themselves the “Cattle of Ra.”

“To the Egyptians, the sun represented light, warmth, and growth. This made the sun deity very important, as the sun was seen as the ruler of all that he created.

“The sun disk was either seen as the body or eye of Ra. Ra was the father of Shu and Tefnut, whom he created. Shu was the god of the wind, and Tefnut was the goddess of the rain. Sekhmet was the Eye of Ra and was created by the fire in Ra’s eye.

Ancient Egypt’s Ra (god of sun and radiance)
photo from
“She was a violent lioness”, further reads the Wikipedia which also explains when Ra was in the underworld he merged with Osiris, the god of the dead, and through it became the god of the dead as well.
Ra is also mentioned online in the story of how he gave his secret name to Isis by saying: “Let Isis come with me, and let my Name pass from my breast to her breast” as quoted in the link

Now once upon a time before “civilization” was brought to Malawi by western nations, there were several beliefs connected to ancient female priestesses of Malawi like the first Nyangu who fell from grace.

She’s a mythical water spirit and when she appeared above which is on land and at the mythical astral real of Sapitwa, it would represent the belief system that spirits appear above on hills or high mountain tops of Mulanje Mountain and below in the water like in Dziwe la Nkhalamba.

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 by using a narrow necked calabash locally known as Nsupa which female healers have not used since or the harmless nsengwa small basket.
Today only a few male Malawi healers who use the “magicial” Nsupa made from the African wine kettle gourd which some ancient Malawi’s “kings’ used for drinking wine made from tea like leaves and lemon mixed with sugar cane juice.
Ancient Malawi’s “So above as below” symbol also meant that sometimes what goes up must come down just like in the way the mythical Napolo serpent  leaves the mountain by travelling in a straight line to water bodies which lead to the Indian Ocean.
This Napolo serpent associated with rain, thunder, lightning, landslides and earthquakes among so many other things in ancient times had many names.
One of those names was a secret name used in ancient magic (matsenga) rituals where ancient priests and priestesses would go outside their human power and tap into the energy of spirits (mizimu) who consisted of 7 with 4 being positive male winged spirits and 3 negative female winged spirits.
In that spiritual realm there was also the first Nyangu and Mbewula among others and this first Nyangu whom in other cultures would be called a “goddess” was sexually intimate with three of those spirits.
Malawian healers use a similar symbols
 to the Rod of Asclepius
These included the elderly one of Dziwe la Nkhalamba whose name is hidden, his brother Mbewula who fought with him and the ancient spirit of Mbona one of the ancient 7 who was born again as a human like ancient Malawi’s first Nyangu.
Originally she was only the “wife” of the ancient one of Dziwe la Nkhalamba but she cheated on him and had sexual relations with his brother and her brother…..Mbona… all of whom were circumcised and their symbol resembled what is globally known as an obelisk.
Today that is a disgusting crime called incest and in ancient Malawi the beginning of ufiti (witchcraft) and kukhwima rituals (charms) where some witch-doctors prescribe incest for some evil charms to work.
They argue that in the same way a black rooster can mate with its hen mother etc so should those who consult them and vice versa….very disgusting.
The idea was that there was power and energy in her forbidden fruit and that is how the first Nyangu and the elderly spirit charged themselves till she fell from grace.
Symbols involved with that include two mating serpents which many Sapitwa healers find vulgar and pornographic when displayed in public as that is the ancient Malawi myth involving such two beasts (zirombo) which was a name given to the spirits (mizimu).
However, one female Sapitwa healer insists there is only one upright serpent used for healing and the symbol of most asing’anga involved in healing and not the two mating snakes.
“The caduceus is often used incorrectly as a symbol of healthcare organisations and medical practice (especially in North America) due to confusion with the traditional medical symbol, the rod of Asclepius, which has only one snake and is never depicted with wings,” partly reads
The Caduceus is clearly two serpents mating meaning female and male energy. Not related photo taken from
The lone serpent is similar to ancient Greece’s Rod of Asclepius and the secret name of ancient Malawi’s elderly spirit was his member in a certain Malawian language but the ancient version.
This name was recited in rituals and songs and dance to invoke his power and energy. Its symbol was drawn as an obelisk to represent a man’s member.
Again the idea of “as above, so below” in the vernacular flowed and from the wording one can draw their obvious conclusions. Elsewhere the term “as above, so below” is circulated throughout occult and magical circles (matsenga) and recorded in Hermetic texts but unlike with ancient Africa they are attributed to men.
Much of the importance of Hermeticism arises from its connection with the development of science during the time from 1300 to 1600 A.D. The prominence that it gave to the idea of influencing or controlling nature led many scientists to look to magic and its allied arts (e.g., alchemy, astrology) which, it was thought, could put Nature to the test by means of experiments.
The same Wikipedia also claims that consequently it was the practical aspects of Hermetic writings that attracted the attention of scientists.
“Isaac Newton placed great faith in the concept of an unadulterated, pure, ancient doctrine, which he studied vigorously to aid his understanding of the physical world.
“Many of Newton’s manuscripts—most of which are still unpublished—detail his thorough study of the Corpus Hermeticum, writings said to have been transmitted from ancient times, in which the secrets and techniques of influencing the stars and the forces of nature were revealed.”
The Makewana (Mother of child) also used the correct upright serpent to represent healing in other Malawi cultures according to

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Of ancient Malawi's Thorn in the Roselike Isis and Ra…Kuponda (Step on it)

A working-class Malawian woman in the ghettos of Blantyre city suddenly feels a sharp pain in the heel of her left foot but can’t figure out what is causing it.

She takes off her shoes to inspect her foot which is now turning red and her toes seem to have developed a mind of their own and stretch out as if she is having a spasm!
The woman can’t believe the sharp pain and wonders if something inside her shoe bit her and her foot is burning like fire.  She shakes it but alas there is nothing.
Puzzled the woman puts ice on her foot especially her heel as she can barely put it down as it feels as if she is stepping on sharp needles or something hot.
Concerned and still in pain the next morning the woman goes to the hospital but there is no diagnosis and she’s told there is nothing wrong with her foot.
Frustrated the woman visits other doctors who also fail to diagnose a disease or a bone problem with her left foot.  After telling friends one of them gets suspicious and convinces the woman to visit a Sapitwa healer to see if the cause is spiritual.
The Sapitwa healer tells the woman she can’t heal the problem because it is caused by nyanga (horns)….specifically a thing called zoponda (stepped on) charms some allegedly use to boost their business.
So the women hunt for a nyanga healer (witchdoctor) who can undo the matsenga (magic).
According to the healer, anthu okhwima (experts in charms) use these zoponda things to lame a person’s left leg so that their business does well which in Chichewa is kuyenda bwino (to walk, do well).
Internet photo of Isis and Ra…
are those the wings of a Hamerkop?
It is modelled after the Hamerkop locally known as Nantchengwa…a bird with a shrieking cry that usually has bad meanings in many cultures on this continent.
He then heats some blackened herbs whose contents remain unknown and tells the woman to put her left foot on a hot metal thing he has placed on burning charcoal.
A bit reluctant the woman puts it and is surprised to find it cold…he then uses a razor he told her to buy to insert his blackened charms into her body (kutemera).
After this he proudly tells the woman the spell has been “disabled” and she can go about her business as usual without worry or fear.  When the woman asks how much it costs, he tells her to give whatever she wants.
Internet photo of a Hamerkop
It’s not until years later when the same woman has a dream and sees a brownish leather shoe with a rose drawn on it and thorns with a person holding that shoe.
Remembering what happened years back, she can only assume that the person is the one who cast the magical spell on her. Now one would wonder what the magical “rose” would be…well this blog has confirmed it is a red flower with thorns locally known as Malamulo (the law).
However, this blog has not yet seen one so for now we can assume it’s the either Eglantine Rose, Rosa rubiginosa or Sweet briar.
If anyone knows this Malamulo plant please share it with this blog, thank-you.
It is given that name because it is the law of those who practice nyanga and all sorts of evil that goes with it just like in the early days of the first Nyangu and Kuponda (stepped on).
He was one of the ancient kings besides Sapitwa/Napolo, Kasipe, Namkuno, Usiyeapite, Kalinje, Kalinde, Chambe, Mwala wa Nkhalamba and Gumulanje, the Destroyer.
These are some of the royal spirits (mizimu) of Sapitwa. In ancient Egypt such kings and women were called gods and goddesses.Kuponda’s tools are under this M’manga Mudzi (build the village) anthill tree in Mulanje whose English name remains unknown and it remains untouched.

Thousands of years ago in this ancient land today known as Malawi some no-nonsense kings ruled with an iron fist according to some Sapitwa healers.
In the olden days some of these kings were believed to protect themselves with various charms to fight wars and prevent others from harming them through kukhwima rituals.
Besides that some of the ancient kings were also believed to have unique cups (chikho) and containers locally known as nsupa and made from the African Wine Kettle gourd. It required a secret process of 10 to get its power.
On its own the gourd is said to not have powers until the owner somehow magically washes it with magical blood to get its so-called feminine energy hence it having the hour-glass shape of a woman with beads on its “waist” so go some ancient myths and tales.
These men are believed to have always tapped into feminine energy in their earlier days as they believed in opposites attracting in their spirituality to create light.
This was the gist of their saying that Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) has 7 spirits and of these 4 are male representing the positive force and 3 female representing the negative force to create Light or what is also known today as electricity.
Now Kuponda was one of the most feared chiefs and myths and tales talk of him lifting his little finger like a goat horn to deal with his enemies or those who tried to harm him. The movement of the fingers would imitate the horns of his nyanga kit which were usually 10.
Now the little finger would represent the goat horn with less hair on it while the finger next to it would represent the ram horn which are curved and the shape of that one when trying to lift it up. They call it nkhosa which is also translated into English as sheep but with horns (nyanga).
The middle finger which is usually swearing in western cultures in ancient Malawi represented the hidden hyena (fisi) horn and symbolize bad luck while the index and pointing finger represented the other goat horn and symbolized the male organ and throwing a curse to dry up things among others.
Sapitwa healers also say the thumb represented the horns of a cow (ng’ombe) which is most likely a bull or African Buffalo Bull and meant all is well. It’s bent shape in the eyes of the ancestors represented the bent horns of a bull and they apparently played with these signs and associated them with beasts (chirombo).
Some of these mythical beasts are said to guard Sapitwa and other mountains in the Sub-Saharan region including the one local healers nicknamed “Kuba.”
Sapitwa which basically means “don’t go there” in the vernacular and also known as the mountain where “no man goes” is a place which myths claim is home to spirits.
Sapitwa is the original name of the whole Mulanje Mountain says a female Sapitwa healer when asked the name the ancestors of the land gave the mountain.
She says with time and many centuries later this has changed and the only place for the “where no man goes” legend is the Peak.
Now in ancient Egypt the goddess Isis lived in the form, of a woman, who had the knowledge of words [of power].

Her heart turned away in disgust from the millions of men, and she chose for herself the millions of the gods, but esteemed more highly the millions of the spirits.
According to ancient Egypt myths and tales, Isis formed a clay snake with spittle dribbled by the ageing sun-god, the creator Ra.
When the snake bites Ra, only Isis can save him, but she does this only when Ra reveals his secret name to her. He does this on condition that she reveal it only to her son Horus further reads
“Behold, is it fire? Behold, is it water? My heart is full of burning fire, my limbs axe shivering, and my members have darting pains in them. Let there be brought unto me my children the gods, who possess words of magic, whose mouths are cunning [in uttering them], and whose powers reach up to heaven….
“Nevertheless the poison was not driven from its course, and the great god felt no better. Then Isis said unto Ra, “Among the things which thou hast said unto me thy name hath not been mentioned. O declare thou it unto me, and the poison shall come forth; for the person who hath declared his name shall live.”
Meanwhile the poison burned with blazing fire and the heat thereof was stronger than that of a blazing flame. Then. the Majesty of Ra, said, “I will allow myself to be searched through by Isis, and my name shall come forth from my body and go into hers.”
Then the divine one hid himself from the gods, and the throne in the Boat of Millions of Years was empty. And it came to pass that when it was the time for the heart to come forth [from the god], she said unto her son Horus, “The great god shall bind himself by an oath to give his two eyes.”
“Thus was the great god made to yield up his name, and Isis, the great lady of enchantments, said, “Flow on, poison, and come forth from Ra; let the Eye of Horus come forth from the god and shine(?) outside his mouth. I have worked, and I make the poison to fall on the ground, for the venom hath been mastered.
Verily the name hath been taken away from the great god. Let Ra live, and let the poison die; and if the poison live then Ra shall die,” further reads

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.