|White-breasted Cormorant from http://www.gobirding.eu|
|Driving past a tea Estate in Malawi|
But it is not known if the so-called Great Black Cormorant of the Northern Hemisphere is also found in Malawi.
|Great Black Cormorant photo from the internet|
“Behold the cormorant: silent, still, cruciform, and brooding; flashing, soaring, quick as a snake. Evolution has crafted the only creature on Earth that can migrate the length of a continent, dive and hunt deep underwater, perch comfortably on a branch or a wire, walk on land, climb up cliff faces, feed on thousands of different species, and live beside both fresh and salt water in a vast global range of temperatures and altitudes, often in close proximity to man.
“Long a symbol of gluttony, greed, bad luck, and evil, the cormorant has led a troubled existence in human history, myth, and literature. The birds have been prized as a source of mineral wealth in Peru, hunted to extinction in the Arctic, trained by the Japanese to catch fish, demonized by Milton in Paradise Lost, and reviled, despised, and exterminated by sport and commercial fishermen from Israel to Indianapolis, Toronto to Tierra del Fuego.
It’s not yet known how ancient Malawians viewed the cormorant as most of this information has never been documented and for unknown reasons erased from the history of this ancient land although many other countries document theirs even online.
River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi, AD 1600 was also written by the late J. Matthew Schoffeleers who came as a missionary to Malawi in 1955 according to online sources.
There is evidence of some rain shrines on Mulanje Mountain so one can only wait and see if the myths and tales of female healers of Sapitwa will be researched and well-documented by experts.
There will also be a need for some research in the area because it’s history which is long gone for the majority.