Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Any good ancient Pharaohs from 3150 BC To 30 AC?

Photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NarmerPalette-CloseUpOfNarmer-ROM.png
History is the long gone past which will never ever come back again but one where some learn valuable lessons or just document things as part of the ancient history. We are all the same and similar as part of the human race living on beautiful earth.
All countries in the world including in Africa have an ancient history with many like nomads travelling all over the place before borders were created. Some of our ancestors travelled from elsewhere and settled in this ancient land of Malawi etc and nothing wrong with that. In ancient Egypt just like in other ancient African, western and eastern countries there were kings whom many of us call pharaohs and usually viewed as evil.
But were all of ancient Africa’s Kings and Queen evil people?
Pharaoh is a title used in many modern discussions of the rulers of all Ancient Egyptian dynasties. The title originates in the Egyptian term pr ˤ3, literally “great house”, describing the royal palace partly reads the unofficial online encyclopaedia known as Wikipedia.
Historically, however, “pharaoh” only started being used as a title for the king during the New Kingdom, specifically during the middle of the eighteenth dynasty, after the reign of Hatshepsut
Pharaoh, meaning “Great House”, originally referred to the king‘s palace, but during the reign of Thutmose III (ca. 1479–1425 BC) in the New Kingdom, after the foreign rule of the Hyksos during the Second Intermediate Period, became a form of address for the person who was king and the son of the god Ra“The Egyptian sun god Ra, considered the father of all pharaohs, was said to have created himself from a pyramid-shaped mound of earth before creating all other gods.” (Donald B. Redford, Ph.D., Penn State) , further reads the Wikipedia.
From the twelfth dynasty onward the word appears in a wish formula ‘Great House, may it live, prosper, and be in health‘, but again only with reference to the royal palace and not the person. Likewise throughout ancient Africa royal families belonged to royal houses including this ancient land of Malawi.
But the question remains on whether or not there were any good ancient kings of Africa or were they all bad?
 According to a book about the Nile valley, one of the earliest kings of ancient Egypt was King Narmer (Menes) in the Old Kingdom 3150 BC of Dynasties 1-2.
Other kings in the Old Kingdom, pyramid age include Zoser and Unas from 2630 BC till 2323 BC.  In the Middle Kingdom there is Mentuhotep II and Senwosret between 2040 BC and 1897 BC while online the ancient Egyptian kings of the New Kingdom include King Ahmose from 1550 BC, Thumose I of 1504 BC, Hatshepsut as the first female pharaoh in 1473 BC, Amenhotep III 1391 BC, Amenhotep IV 1353 BC and Tutankhamen in 1333 BC.
Others include Seti I 1306 BC, Rameses II 1290 and Piye of 750 BC, Shabaka 712 BC and Taharqa 690 BC till online sources list Cleopatra VII 69 BC and then Augustus Caesar in 30 BC reportedly claiming Egypt as a “province of Rome” according to an article that needs additional citations on the unofficial Wikipedia athttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egypt_(Roman_province)?
Can those who are learned and educated or familiar with the valuable and historic beautiful land of Egypt please teach us and verify or describe as false some online information about the so-called “Roman province of Egypt pronounced Aegyptu in Latin supposedly in 30 BC?
In this part of Africa there were also ancient kings including this ancient land but unfortunately there is not a single book listing the names of ALL the ancient kings of this land whom we can suppose would be the equivalent of Traditional Authorities (TAs) today with areas named after their names.
We do hear of some but apparently there are more whose names some Sapitwa healers have been keeping secret till now while others have chosen not to publish,.  
Once I clarify the spellings of some names I’ve managed to get and double-check with culture experts and some chiefs, I will publish the names of all ancient kings or chiefs of this land before colonialisation because these are some of the secret words or names ancient healers used to invoke when sending requests to Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) since in their “primitive” minds they assumed royal spirits were close to the Creator. We know better today in our God-fearing nation.
I will attempt to publish every single name of ancient in my upcoming book once I figure them out and verify the information.  Assist me on this journey with your knowledge and wisdom because I’m not that educated with a Diploma in Journalism, thanks.

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Heart is like an All-seeing eye?

The heart was viewed as the seat of the soul and spiritual "eyes"
Tired after walking a long distance in the hot October sun some seven years ago, a middle-aged woman almost falls when a bright light hits the roof of a building temporarily blinding her eyes. 

As she looks down she sees all these red spots and remembers lessons in schools about prisms, white light and how the red waves are the longest or something like that.

When she looks up she is greeted by a very friendly watchman at the gate of her destination in Blantyre. Unknown to her, the occupants of the house don’t have a watchman.

However, the tired mother could not help but notice the eccentric watchman with a neatly cut beard and tidy dreadlocks hidden in a black fedora.  She recalled how without saying a word his eyes showed kindness and love, rare for pedestrians trying to visit high-profile places with guards.

Chances are high the friendly watchman was just genuinely God-fearing and had pure love in his heart and soul. 

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 has 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.

Left eye viewed like the west and darkness
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?

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.

However Bishop Mark Kambalazaza of Charismatic Redeemed Ministries in an interview on August 29, 2010 cautioned that in ancient Egypt, the eye only represented a god watching over people who cannot hide because he sees them.  But he asked whether it was the “God of Jesus Christ or just an imagination.”

"In Egypt there were gods and goddesses.  The true God in the scriptures is the God of Jesus Christ, the way and life and truth as indicated in John 14:6-7.  Looking at Big Brother and the eye of God, what happens is not religious or spiritual, it's secular.  There is o morality or eye of heaven.  King David in Psalm 139 said there was no way he could hide from God, in the sea or mountain showing He watches," explained Bishop Kambalazaza back then.

There is also a popular saying globally that liken the eyes to the windows of the heart and biblically Matthew 6:22-23 talks of the lamp of the body being, the eye.

Jesus Christ in various internet biblical verses says: “The eye is the lamp of the body.  So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.  If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

According to the US based Got Questions Ministries online, Jeus meant that since the eye is a lamp which lights the entire body, “our eyes are the entrance to our hearts and minds and as such, they provide a doorway to our very souls.

“Our eyes can be used to see that which is good or evil, that which is beneficial or harmful and the things we see and perceive affect our whole being.  If we perceive goodness, that will radiate outward from within our hearts and minds.  But if we allow our eyes to linger on evil, we are so affected by what we see that darkness actually begins to emanate from within and can corrupt us and those around us.

“The Bible tells us that Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.  That’s his great deception, to make people think they’ve found the light when in fact it’s the darkness of false light (2 Corinthians 11:14).  His intention is to blind us to truth and corrupt our minds, and he uses our eyes to gain entrance to our hearts…we guard our hearts and souls by guarding our eyes,” partly reads www.gotquestions.org

So as Bette Milder sang some 20 years ago that “God is watching us” in her Grammy Award winning song ‘From a Distance’, the question would be whether or not drawings of the Eye of God watching us are the Almighty One’s and only Creator or weaker gods in various ancient religions.  Only time will tell!
Couldn't resist the clouds on a bright day along the Mulanje road

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Crude African traditional healer compass?

Very crude African compass with bird feathers and suspected 4 winds direction of North, South, West and East? The street healer was spotted somewhere in Mulanje.

In search of "zwangendaba"…the sulfur rock or...?

MJ street  healer pours paraffin on his arms and lights fire.
Visiting rural Malawi, one cannot help but notice some herbalists talking of “zwangendaba” as a medication to cure stomach ailments including ulcers and not necessarily the name of the famous 1800s Ngoni King.
According to a few Mulanje-based traditional healers, “zwangendaba” is made from a yet to be identified rock, and is administered best when eaten with nsima and for “magic” tricks involving spirits to make fire after rubbing hands with glycerin, vaseline or oil.
Such nyanga healers who use horns and charms for matsenga (magic) rituals also claim to use the power of three spirits to help them create fire with their hands and out of their mouth.
However for others like the street vendor one in the photo who claims to use (spirits) and seems to rub his body with fire, they do not reveal how they do their fire tricks but clarify they use good from the Creator to perform the trick.
As for the fire making ones, they take the dark pounded looking powder and rub it into their hands to create fire claiming it’s a fire of rock?  For some reason their hands don’t seem to burn with the heat.
In a brief revelation they admitted they name many rocks after dead kings making some suspect they might be following ancient teachings of royalty being close to Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) and surrounding Him.
Some experts in Malawi Traditional Medicine suspect that zwangendaba is actually sulfuric acid for making fire because it contains sulfur reportedly also found in meteorites; rock pieces that fall from space to the ground.
However, more research needs to be done by professionals in the field to establish what exactly these healers use to make fire and cure stomach ailments and if they are right then that is ancient African science as well. 
The names of suspected various stones or rocks they claim to use also needs to be known and young healers like the one in the photo studied and documented if they are willing to talk.
Made sure both arms had paraffin

According to the unofficial online encyclopaedia, the Wikipedia, sulfuric acid also known as sulphuric acid is a highly “corrosive strong mineral acid with the molecular formular H2SO4.
“It is a colorless to slightly yellow viscous liquid which is soluble in water at all concentrations. Sometimes, it may be dark brown as dyed during industrial production process in order to alert people to its hazards. The historical name of this acid is oil of vitriol.
“Possessing different chemical properties, the sulfuric acid has a wide range of applications including domestic acidic drain cleaner, electrolyte in lead-acid batteries and variouscleaning agents.
It is also a central substance in the chemical industry. Principal uses include mineral processingfertilizer manufacturing, oil refiningwastewater processing, and chemical synthesis. It is widely produced with different methods, such as contact processwet sulfuric acid process and some other methods,” further reads the unofficial Wikipedia.
Another website defines sulfur as a homeopathic medicine adding that it has been used medicinally since the ninth century when people would burn sulfur to help purify and disinfect their homes.

“In homeopathy, sulfur is used to help treat a wide variety of ailments relating to the digestion, skin and both men's and women's health issues. The key symptoms that indicate the use of sulfur as a homeopathic remedy are: predisposition to laziness, a tendency to feel over-heated, a general attitude of impatience and an inclination to be self-absorbed.

“A 6C dose of sulfur when symptoms are acute is used for digestion problems such as a bloated stomach and ulcerative colitis that potentially can accompany burning pains. Symptoms will frequently become better when eating cold food and drinks and will generally worsen upon overexertion and upon consuming milk,” reads one online source.
Burning meteor?  http://meteorites.wustl.edu/realities.htm

On the other hand English translations of the Bible commonly refer to burning sulfur as “brimstone”. 
Encyclopaedias also show that in the Ebers Papyrus, a sulfur ointment was used in ancient Egypt to treat granular eyelids and sulfur was used for fumigation in pre-classical Greece.
However, in the King James Bible version, sulfur is used for destruction, including in Ezekiel 38:22, which reads: “And I will plead against him, and upon his bands, and upon the many people that are with him, an overflowing rain, and great hailstones, fire and brimstone.”
Revelation 14:10 also talks about being tormented with fire and sulfur and in Revelation 19:20 the beast and the false prophet were thrown into the “lake of fire that burns with sulphur”.
Other references to sulfur or brimstone include Revelation 21:8, which reads: “But for the cowardly, unbelieving, sinners, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their part is in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur which is the second death.”
In Isaiah 30:33, “the breath of the Lord like a stream of sulfur kindles it” and in Luke 17:29 “on the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulphur rained down from heaven and killed them all.”
Besides brimstone, gemstones have also been viewed in awe in every civilization and sought after.  Internet sources also show how many supernatural powers have been attributed to precious stones throughout the ages.
These include crystals and diamonds also mentioned in the Bible, including in Ezekiel 28:13 which reads: “You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering, sardius, topaz and diamond, beryl, onyx and jasper, sapphire, emerald and carbuncle, and crafted in gold were your settings.”
Wikipedia photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gemstone

People, even today, wear stones as amulets for their suppose healing and protective abilities.  Bu Hannah declares there is no Rock like our God in 1 Samuel 2:2.
“All power belongs to God.  Gemstones are all God’s creation.  Romans 1:20 says since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made.  Stones in themselves have no power, but they do speak of the power and glory of our God,” reads www.preciousstonesofthebible.com.
The site also explains how in Exodus 28:21 the Lord ordains precious stones to be used in the making of the breast-piece of the High Priests’ garments including topaz, emerald, sapphire, jasper, onyx, agate, amethyst, ruby known as the “king of the gems” and agate which in Hebrew is know as shebo literally meaning “to flame, split into tongues.”
Zechariah 9:16 says that the Lord’s people will  be like the stones that adorn the foundation of the New Jerusalem.
In Matthew 13:45, Jesus Christ described the Kingdom of heaven like “a man looking for fine pearls and when he finds one that is unusually fine, he goes and sells everything he has, and then goes back and buys that field.”
Revelation 21:21 on the New Jerusalem indicates “the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each gate was made from a single pearl.”
Pearls are known as the only gem formed within a living organism known as an oyster. 
However, some years ago on September , 2010 Father Samuel Malamulo, as a lecturer in Biblical  Studies at St Peters Major Seminary in Zomba said the verses have a symbolic meaning in relation to the 12 trbes of Israel who are the people of God.
He said back then that the expensive stones mentioned are not the ones used to make jewellery although rosaries can be made from precious stones. 
Malamulo in 2010 said since Jerusalem is known as the city of God where His temple is and reign; in the New Jerusalem the kingdom of God will be established as divine hence the precious high value. He explained how in the New Jerusalem, God will be present and reign higher in future after the Israelites disobeyed and the glory of God left.
Internet sources also list other symbolic meanings of biblical gemstones including red ruby stones symbolizing blood, love and fire, yellow stones like gold for the divine nature of Jesus Christ, blue stones like sapphire for heaven and God’s colour, purple stones like amethyst for royalty and kingship,  black ones like onyx for mourning, judgement and fear of the Lord and white stones like quartz crystal symbolising “purity, righteousness, holiness and the Bride of Christ.”

Malawi: Only Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) makes rains...

Took this photo while watching black clouds approach a hill in Blantyre
It is that time again when Malawians look up to the skies in anticipation of good rains needed for growing plenty of maize and vegetables in a country with a mainly agro-based economy.  
With erratic rains in recent years, some farmers are yet to embrace irrigation the way it is done in other countries globally. Not all understand terms like global warming or climate change and some superstitions and suspicions about the innocent elderly prevail in some villages.
I will share with you a Religion feature I wrote on November 7, 2010 and it was published in a local daily newspaper.  Please note that the photos from Menno Welling I’ve used here are for a different story and don’t endorse this one:
Gathering for prayers to ask God for good rains used to be the norm in Malawi several years ago especially when there are dry spells although thanksgiving prayers were not held as often.
Scientific explanations about El Nino or Nina weather patterns and climate change are usually ignored by many while stories of elderly people holding rain in narrowed necked calabashes known as nsupa are somehow more widely believed in rural areas.
Odd stories include sending lightning (mphenzi) and thunder (mabingu) to deliberately harm and kill people. Despite all this superstition, it is a fact that God is behind the whole rain process as evidenced in the Bible with Psalms 147:8 reading, “who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth rain for the earth, who maketh grass to grow upon the mountains.”
Job 36:27-28 reads, “for he maketh small the drops of water: they pour down rain according to the vapour thereof: Which the clouds do drop and distill upon man abundantly.”
Other biblical verses among many include Acts 14:17, nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.”
The Bible also show that God showers rain on everybody with the good example being Matthew 5:45, “that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.”
However, the Bible also shows how rain was withheld for three years and six months with 1 Kings 17 explaining about “Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.”
Another example is Revelation 11:1-14 about two witnesses proclaiming God’s message during 1260 days.  It talks about how they are“the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.
“And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed.
“These have power to shut heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will.”
This on the other hand is different from so-called local matsenga (magic) beliefs which mostly harass the elderly accusing them of holding rain during droughts or short rainfalls.
Newspapers once reported of an old woman from Thyolo who had her property damaged by enraged villagers who accused her of being a witch and keeping a pot in her house for somehow tying or locking the rains.
Apostle Willie Chaponda, president of the Pentecostal and Charismatic Network when asked said witches cannot be ruled out and there are possibilities some could stop rains using magic.
When pressed further, he cited in the Bible examples of how Moses threw a stick which became a snake and wizards did the same thing although theirs was swallowed by Moses’.
Chaponda also recalled a Chiradzulu elderly man who used magic to produce rain saying such things are accomplished using evil spirits contrary to the will of God.
He stressed that God is supreme and can cancel other evil acts so need to panic or be violent. Questioned about the original Tchopa, rain dance, he answered it was a spiritual dance where afterwards the rain would come.
Historically, deities like Mbona at Khulubvi was known to once release the rain after dancing with a two-edged knife locally known as kandalanga which he would point to the north for hot winds to bring rains and the south for lighter showers.
Drawing on p.30 of Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8 book
In 2008, up the Likhubula river at Dziwe la Nkhalamba (swimming pool for the elderly) known for cold water and a rock, Menno Welling, an archaeologist with some Catholic University students after excavations discovered a rain shrine.
This was confirmed by blue beads and clay containers. The deity still remains unknown but some traditional healers insist it is from an astral plane beyond Sapitwa peak of Mulanje Mountain.
Despite these deities, the interesting thing is that our ancestors still believed they were like messengers to ask God (Chauta, Namalenga) for rains because in their eyes it involved the spiritual world and not the material one we currently live in.  Ironically, both Christian and ancestral ways seem to recognize God as the one who makes rain and is the source.
Beer vessel found at suspected rain shrine on Mulanje mountain – Photo from Menno Welling several years ago

Friday, December 27, 2013

Myths & Tales: Bringing hatred/divisions..."Vundulamadzi" bird?

In the 1981 Unlendo Series Mtunda 3 Chichewa for Standard 3 above there is a tale about a bird called Vundulamadzi which caused friction between two villages by dirtying the water which women were drawing from a chitsime (well).
This caused divisions in two villages who were sharing the well as women from each side thought the other deliberately made the water dirty or something like that. Well the tale talks about the bird being happy when it sees hatred, death and fights.
I’m curious to know from the learned and translators if such a bird exists and if it does, is this the  mythical stories of the cormorant? A Facebook friend posted that:
“I don’t like both the Reed Cormorant and African Darter because they prey on the fish in my dam. They visit my dam on a daily basis for fish and it is part of our routine to be on the lookout for them and chase them away.”
Those many fellow Malawians familiar with these tales and birds of Malawi please share as I never learned these things in school abroad so I need to know the correct translations of birds and mythical things in English.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Myths & Tales: “The Sun was fighting”

Took this photo of a sunset at a Liwonde lodge years ago

It was a sunny morning which started off cold and cloudy as if it would rain but alas no rain and warm weather as I headed out of my home on Saturday, December 21, 2013 around 8:30am to meet an IT person at the office.

On my mind was information I read on a blog on The Washington Post Post website that Saturday December 21 was the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, the “shortest daylight period and longest night of the year.”

I also read that at 12:11 p.m. EST on December 21, the sun appears directly overhead along the Tropic of Capricorn, at 23.5 degrees south latitude.

“With the Earth’s north pole at its maximum tilt from the sun, locations north of the equator see the sun follow its lowest and shortest arc across the southern sky. For the next six months, the days again grow longer as the sun spends more time above the horizon,” partly read http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs.

When I used Google to find out about Malawi, information posted on http://weatherspark.com/history/29154/2013/Blantyre-Southern-Region-Malawi on Saturday stated that the December Solstice (Summer Solstice) was on “Saturday, December 21, 2013 at 7:11PM in Blantyre and in locations south of Equator, the longest day of the year is around this date.”
I also learned that in Malawi, the summer and winter solstices and the spring and fall equinoxes mark the passing of the seasons.
Sometime later I looked up at the sky and noticed the sun shining but didn’t stare at it and suddenly felt its heat as if it was not cold in the morning but eventually it still was not humid for most of the day.
I felt sick and I was worried my BP might be high but I forced myself to travel to my destination as I read online that happenings in space don’t affect one’s health.
The words sun and moon came to me because in some ancient tales it related to the two being opposites of each other.  Not sure if they have different forces but that is something that needs to be investigated.

Knowing that some female Sapitwa healers had left for Mulanje Mountain some three days before, I got curious and wanted to know if they came down the mountain.

I tried one of their phones and luckily she answered but told me she was still at Sapitwa. Years back she told us about huge rocks heading towards earth and the rest of her story is in my upcoming book.

Without beating about the bush I asked her why they had not finished what they were doing and she laughed and again spoke in nthano talk (like parables) with a few words.

She told me about nkhondo (war) within the sun and told me when it meets darkness, ziwanda (demons) there will be fighting (nkhondo) and I was like what on earth is she talking about so I laughed it off and cut the line.

For the rest of the day I noticed some clouds gathering but not much activity until I read online about 10 solar flares on that day.

According to http://www.tesis.lebedev.ru/en/sun_flares.html 10 solar flares were observed on Saturday, December 21 and by 11am Malawi time, 6 had been observed on Sunday, December 22.

“Every night, a network of NASA all-sky cameras scans the skies above the United States for meteoritic fireballs. Automated software maintained by NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office calculates their orbits, velocity, penetration depth in Earth's atmosphere and many other characteristics,” partly reads http://spaceweather.com which reported 10 fireballs.

However it also reported potentially hazardous asteroids on Sunday, December 22, 2013. Such asteroids were described as “space rocks larger than approximately 100m that can come closer to Earth than 0.05 AU. None of the known PHAs is on a collision course with our planet, although astronomers are finding new ones all the time.”

Upcoming Earth-asteroid encounters include 2011 YD29 on December 28 and 2007 SJ on January 21, 2014. When I read those words I remembered what the Sapitwa woman of Nyangu said.

Early on Sunday morning I also found a photo posted on the Twitter handle @SunViewer which sounded a bit similar to what she told me.

“I see two #solar flare handpuppets fighting!  What can you see?,”is what I read on Twitter.

Photo taken from Sun Viewer @(SunViewer on Twitter

While another handle joked about a dragon shaving and I laughed. 

This tickled my brain because I wondered if the female healer could see right into space unlike us with our two eyes avoiding the sun and many things far away in the universe.

These women are very secretive and not that educated but with writings that look like hieroglyphics.  

One which I accidently saw years back when visiting them in Mulanje seemed to explain the journey of the soul or something.

Because of their ancient beliefs including what I would call their Sapitwa Book of the Dead and their beliefs in a god and spirits, these women are not taken seriously by society and to date there is nothing about them in books or online.  

To date most of their history remains oral and their today a fading shadow some of us try to catch and document.

This blog was written on Saturday, December 21 and completed today on Sunday, December 22 with the latest information being that 19 flares happened in the past 24 hours but the good news is that it poses no danger to one’s health.   

It has been a day when Science meets myths and tales.....watch this space for the real story about the Mwalawanthunzi (Rock of the Shade/Shadow) which is located along the Thyolo road.

“In colonial times the road constructors supposedly failed to get rid of it, as it kept returning to its original spot overnight. They thus had to divert the road," reads http://www.malawithewarmheart.com/imageviewer.php?imageid=879
I caused a stir leaning on the Mwala Wa Nthunzi

Friday, December 13, 2013

Poem: Oh Beautiful Land (Malawi)

Gazing into this land
Beauty prevalent in every sight
Winds calling, guiding me
Trees inviting, talking to me

The dust surrounds me
Making its presence known
Rains in the near future
To feed this thirsty soil

Birds flying in harmony
Singing songs of praise
Tides rising and rising
As fish gasp into the air

Form a cacoon as the cold
The cold pierces my skin
Freezing my blood
My body stiffens

Sun shine, glow your light
Your light to my veins
Enlighten my being
I’ve started seeing

Poem: The Path Towards Democracy

Watched this crow fall out of the sky with a blind snake and all I could do was take amateur photos 

To be Free like a bird
Fly high in the sky
Wings constantly pushing
To ease the flight

Locked for years in neat dark cages
Spaces limited, circles intertwined
How to lead to one’s Destiny?
To see that Sacred Light

Struggling to have a glimpse
To guide our path forward
Finding answers of Reality
The mystery of “the Word”

The Truth hidden from Beings
In hands of precious species
Life a basic Human Right
Threads sown torn apart

It takes only one key
To crack open a space
A view of the world
And Learn how to fly

The Road will be rough
A crash possible
Can flow with the wind
Until movements flow

Practice and patience essential
Vary within individuals
Grasping a Concept
That’s determined to be Universal

Written by Agnes Mizere when she was 21

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 the Sirius star.

.....watch this space.