Monday, March 2, 2015

Ancient Malawi priesthoods and their Phoenician like alphabets

Some ancient SapiTWA healers also known as the Nganga or asing’anga amizimu (traditional healers dealing with the spirit) in Malawi have been using an alphabet similar to the Phoenician one online despite being “illiterate”.


Online Phoenician alphabet taken from http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Phoenician_alphabet.svg/2000px-Phoenician_alphabet.svg.png
Online Phoenician alphabet taken fromhttp://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/2/24/Phoenician_alphabet.svg/2000px-Phoenician_alphabet.svg.png

Such healers were responsible for nsembe which included mapira (sorghum) hence them being priestesses (nsembe).
The sole remaining one in a village in Mulanje cannot read and write this alphabet uses an ancient alphabet which resembles the Phoenician one especially when she writes what she calls Ah on the ground as in A and Ba which is B and Ca which is C.
Other letters she draws using a stick are Ka for K which looks like a bowl but meaning a cupped hand for making nsembe offerings and M which is drawn like water.
In ancient times the female priesthood was in charge of the ancient rain shrine on Mulanje Mountain and the priestess would do ULOSI WAKALE which is ANCIENT AFRICAN PROPHECY.
The priestesses worked with the king and his induna and spoke in code languages just like the mizimu (spirits) in their beliefs who don’t say many things at once.
Sapitwa priestesses draw A (ah) EAST similar to the Phoenician one but others are not there as they don’t have a Q etc in their rituals using WORDS (MAU/MAWU) from the SapiTWA oracle.


Words are drawn on the ground like this
Words are drawn on the ground like this

They draw some letters to the EAST (kum’mawa) and some to the WEST (ku madzulo) etc with the EAST meaning the spirit (mzimu) should be behind the word.
In one of their ancient alphabet, the letter T was also drawn as an X in the ways of the TWA “pygmies” by the now nearly extinct Sapitwa priesthood.
T means KULIMBITSA (MAKE STRONG) in Chichewa/Chinyanja of Malawi hence priestesses say Kulimbitsa mabere or some say mabele (breasts) meaning put an X on the chest like the TWA pygmies of the forest with an X on their chests.


"Akka a modern Ba-Twa notice the x cross as is shown on Ptah  Ptah lord and of Memphis it was from his name Egypt was derived, as Hwt-ka-Ptah (home of the ka (soul) of Ptah) transliterated as Aígyptos by the later Greeks...Pan was connected to Bes, a central African or Great Lakes God worshiped all over the Med he is a Ba-twa or Pygmy he may also be linked to Ptah who is also a Ba-twa." Photo from http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/1698/batwi-gods-kemet
“Akka a modern Ba-Twa notice the x cross as is shown on Ptah
Ptah lord and of Memphis it was from his name Egypt was derived, as Hwt-ka-Ptah (home of the ka (soul) of Ptah) transliterated as Aígyptos by the later Greeks…Pan was connected to Bes, a central African or Great Lakes God worshiped all over the Med he is a Ba-twa or Pygmy he may also be linked to Ptah who is also a Ba-twa.”
Photo fromhttp://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/1698/batwi-gods-kemet

If one looks carefully that means two triangles hence As ABOVE SO BELOW ….meaning the spirits (mizimu) of the air and those of the water (madzi) etc.
This blog wonders if PTAH is ABATHWA/ABATWA or BATWA as in PI as -PITA (TO GO) which also sounds like PETER in English. Another phrase used is SESANA MADZUWA which means RESURRECTION as in rising from the dead.
They use the code DZUWA LAOMBA as in KUTULUKA (COMES OUT) and LIWOMBO is the part of the head which “breathes” in a baby. KUOMBA M’MANJA means to CLAP HANDS in Chichewa/Chinyanja.
When some priestesses say Sesana madzuwa that means your eyes are open and you have enlightenment hence no darkness.
Then there is 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 nightbird 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).
Sapitwa is SApitwa and SapiTWA which is also Sapita which means “don’t go there” in Chichewa/Chinyanja……in other words where no man goes.

However there are other words that need to be broken down including KEPETA or KHEPETA, or KE PE TA and KHEPERA with a specific meaning as told by Sapitwa healers.
Ancient Egypt's Ptah internet photo
Ancient Egypt’s Ptah internet photo

Kepeta is a different word and what they call Capetown and with the Table Mountain but the spelling needs to be verified. 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 the below link, 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 and the 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.


Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG
Western side of Mulanje Mountain in Sunset, seen from Likubula Falls
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mulanje_Massif#mediaviewer/File:Mulanje_Mountain_western_side.JPG

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 on Facebook 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
Excited to confirm from a SA friend “Bonaabakulu Abasekhemu” re-written in Kikongo as Bana ba Nkulu abaSe N’semi as explained in the book ‘The  Quantum Vision of Simon Kimbangu: Kintuadi In 3D’ by Dom Pedro V in the below link.
Many rain shrines were abandoned but the history of many ancient priestesses of Malawi was never ever written about till last year. Some of the ancient writings they have resemble hieroglyphics so it would be interesting to know how many other existing priesthoods have such writings including the ones that were forced into extinction.
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Sapitwa hidden name revealed…Malawi’s ancient Mountain of San and Twa?

SAPITWA means the ancient mountain of the ones nicknamed “San” pronounced as sun but SAMALANI (WARNING) and the TWA of ABATHWA/ABATWA for THAWA (RUN AWAY)….it’s the mountain of mizimu (spirits) who are different from ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo).
This blog is not endorsing the use of the name “San” as the correct name of the actual great people is the /XAM Ka !Ke…this blog is only repeating an oral story about the mythical side of SapiTWA as told by a descendant of ancient Malawi’s Abathwa.


Kwamikagami -Distribution of Pygmies and their languages according to Bahuchet (2006). The southern Twa are not shown taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_peoples#mediaviewer/File:Pygmy_languages_(Bahuchet).png
Kwamikagami -Distribution of Pygmies and their languages according to Bahuchet (2006). The southern Twa are not shown taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_peoples#mediaviewer/File:Pygmy_languages_(Bahuchet).png

Mulanje Mountain known for its majestic Sapitwa peak is an important and mythological mountain in ancient Malawi myths and tales.
However the mythological side of Mulanje Mountain should not be confused with the real geographic Mulanje Massifsaid to measure approximately 22×26 kilometres with a maximum elevation of 3,002 m at its highest point, Sapitwa Peak.
The mythical Sapitwa is described as a dwelling place for various spirits including gods and goddesses, and marvelous plants and trees like the cedar. Mulanje Mountain is also known as the “Island in the Sky” and the place of mizimu (spirits) in various tales.
Amwandionerapati or Abathwa (short people) also known as Akafula and strong fighters were believed to be found on Mulanje Mountain.Mulanje mountain
The mythical spirits of the short people with protruding bellies and armed with axes in myths are believed to still guard a sacred entrance to the mythical kingdom and ask the dreaded question, “Mwandionera pati.” (“From where did you see me?”)
If one answers the question wrongly, the Abathwa (short people) slap the person hard on the right cheek and that could either cause death or serious injures according to myths.
The said people never liked being referred to as being short and were believed to be very strong and warriors. Their legend is told by many traditional healers in Malawi who source their herbs and concoctions from the mountain.
If the person answers “From very far away”, they are believed to have access to the first entrance of the mythical realm of the mountain before having to pass a serpent spirit.
Sapitwa is mythically known as a “forbidden place” because it is home to a royal spirit family who get offended when certain rituals are not followed when one goes there according to some healers in Mulanje.
The origins of the word SapiTWA as told by an elderly priestess (nsembe) explains a bit about the other Abathwa of Africa and not the one given the term “Bushmen” who also used the Abathwa name.
“In this context we use the word ABATHWA for the people of the /XAM Ka !Ke instead of the term ‘San’ and ‘Bushman’. Our ancestors used to call themselves ABATHWA.
“Both two terms ‘Bushman’ and ‘San’ were taken on and used by the Anthropologists in connotation, while the term Bushman was given to us by the European settlers and the term San was given to us by the Khoi-Khoi” partly reads http://www.khoisanpeoples.org/peoples/abathwa-1.htm


"Botswana 063" by DVL2 - Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Botswana_063.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Botswana_063.jpg
“Botswana 063″ by DVL2 – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Botswana_063.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Botswana_063.jpg

Now the Abathwa/Abatwa of SapiTWA are pygmies and they are also the ones who guard the astral realm of Mulanje Mountain so the priestesses are told the ways of TWA.
SApitwa is the “San” but they have a correct name and their history and they are different from the TWA. Sapitwa healers don’t speak on behalf of them but only as those who have learned some of the ways of the TWA of SapiTWA.
PI is Phiri which is a mountain in Chichewa/Chinyanja but one with a high peak giving it the shape of the sacred triangle somewhere like a Pyramid.
PI might also like PTAH also said to be pronounced like Pteh or Peteh which for Sapitwa priestesses sounds like Abathwa or Abatwa.
“The Batwa, also known as Twa, Abatwa or Ge-Sera people of the Great Lakes Region are ancient tribe once specialists in hunting and gathering, and are said to have been the first inhabitants of the mountainous forests of the Rift Valley and one of the first homo sapiens in the world with Kalahari San people,” reads http://kwekudee-tripdownmemorylane.blogspot.com/2013/03/batwa-people-one-of-first-people-on.html
Now in Chichewa/Chinyanja the word SAPITA means DON’T GO THERE and comes from -PITA hence KUPITA which means TO GO.
In Malawi the word SAPITWA is also used to mean DON’T GO THERE and it was the ancient name of the whole of MULANJE MOUNTAIN and not only the PEAK as today.


Photo from blog on http://gorillastour.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-tales-of-batwa-people-pygmies-of.html
Uganda Safari tour’s ‘The tales of the Batwa People – Pygmies of Uganda photo fromhttp://gorillastour.blogspot.com/2012/12/the-tales-of-batwa-people-pygmies-of.html

So SAPITWA means the ancient mountain of the ones we nicknamed “San” and the TWA….it’s the mountain of mizimu (spirits) who are different from ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo).
It’s also the mountain where MBONA as in -ona to see and BONA also as in -ona and feast can be found as they’re found in so many other places. So Sapitwa oracles are also from MBONA and TOMASI BONA.
Most Malawians don’t know the real meaning of SAPITWA and tourists have never been to the hidden part as claimed online because no MORTAL BEING GOES THERE UNLESS THE SPIRIT TAKES THEM THERE say Sapitwa priestesses.
There is also some confusion between the Pygmies called TWA as in Abathwa/Abatwa and the dwarf life spirits many healers fight against known as Ntokoloshi or Ntokoloshe but “Tikoloshe, Tokoloshe or Hili” in “Zulu mythology.”
A certain lady after reading a blog about the Abathwa of Mulanje Mountain thought they are evil spirits and this has been a problem where pygmies have sometimes been viewed with suspicion.
However Sapitwa stresses that the Abathwa are not evil and similar to the one known in ancient Egypt or KMT as PTAH hence Abatwa. PTAH was not evil and he was not a Tokoloshe.
So Abathwa as in the Amwandionerapati who guard SapiTWA are not the Tokoloshe dwarf-like water spirits but are like the ones in the fiction movie called HOBBITS who are fighters but not called evil.
Besides wars where anything is used and allowed in battle some who are not fighters use Tokoloshe to harm those they’re jealous of or hate for various reasons.
The Tokoloshe “can become invisible by drinking water and they’re are called upon by malevolent people to cause trouble for others.” – according to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tikoloshe


Ptah - The God of Craftsmen, Rebirth, and Creation travel pictures from Egypt by Dr. Günther Eichhorn not connected to this blog's oral story. http://guenther-eichhorn.com/egypt_ptah.html
Ptah – The God of Craftsmen, Rebirth, and Creation travel pictures from Egypt
by Dr. Günther Eichhorn not connected to this blog’s oral story.
http://guenther-eichhorn.com/egypt_ptah.html

The way to get rid of him is to call in the n’anga as in the NGANGA who include Sapitwa healers.
Some internet sources claim that Akka is “a modern Ba-Twa with an x cross as is shown on Ptah the lord of Memphis, it was from his name Egypt was derived,as Hwt-ka-Ptah (home of the ka (soul) of Ptah) transliterated as Aígyptos by the later Greeks, what’s interesting is his apparent connection to the Great lakes region.
“Pan was connected to Bes, a central African or Great Lakes God worshiped all over the Med he is a Ba-twa or Pygmy he may also be linked to Ptah who is also a Ba-twa.”
According the unofficial online Wikipedia a pygmy is a member of an “ethnic group whose average height is unusually short; many anthropologists define pygmy as a member of any group where adult men are on average less than 150 cm (4 feet 11 inches) tall. Other anthropologists do not agree to group peoples based on stature as height is neither an accurate reflection of culture nor genetics.
A member of a slightly taller group is frequently termed “pygmoid”. The term is best associated with peoples of Central Africa, such as the AkaEfé and Mbuti”, partly reads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pygmy_peoples
“The term pygmy is sometimes considered pejorative. The term pygmy, as used to refer to diminutive people, derives from Greek πυγμαίος Pygmaios via Latin Pygmaei (sing. Pygmaeus), derived from πυγμή – meaning a fist, or a measure of length corresponding to the distance between the elbow and knuckles.


Ancient Egypt's Ptah internet photo
Ancient Egypt’s Ptah internet photo

“However, there is no single term to replace it. Many prefer to be identified by their ethnicity, such as the Aka (Mbenga), BakaMbuti, and Twa. The term Bayaka, the plural form of the Aka/Yaka, is sometimes used in the Central African Republic to refer to all local pygmies. Likewise, the Kongo word Bambenga is used in Congo.”
The online sources also describes African pygmies as living in several ethnic groups in RwandaBurundiUganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Republic of Congo (ROC), the Central African RepublicCameroon, the Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia.


"Akka a modern Ba-Twa notice the x cross as is shown on Ptah  Ptah lord and of Memphis it was from his name Egypt was derived, as Hwt-ka-Ptah (home of the ka (soul) of Ptah) transliterated as Aígyptos by the later Greeks...Pan was connected to Bes, a central African or Great Lakes God worshiped all over the Med he is a Ba-twa or Pygmy he may also be linked to Ptah who is also a Ba-twa." Photo from http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/1698/batwi-gods-kemet
“Note the X running across the chest of both,also of interest is the fact that the this ethnic group still goes by the name Akka or Bakka pural while the ancient Kemities regards them as belonging to the world of the ancestral spirits.” Read more:http://egyptsearchreloaded.proboards.com/thread/1698/batwi-gods-kemet#ixzz3TEyZymLK

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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