Saturday, December 28, 2013

Myths & Tales: Of cupped hands, ancient African rituals

Cupped hands put together
When ancestors of this ancient beautiful land of Malawi wanted to seek, request or ask Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) for something they would go through their ancestral spirits or those of royal blood they assumed were close to the Creator, claim some Sapitwa healers.

This is why some followed Mbona among others because in ancient beliefs, kings were assumed to be nearer to Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe after they passed on to the believed astral realm locals called the spiritual world.

When at their "sacred" place they would kneel down and clasp cupped hands and clap three times while calling on their spirits by chanting names explains a female Sapitwa healer.

According to her, this method is also used when clapping for chiefs with cupped hands put together, when greeting people, as an excuse me sign when visiting a place or the way children are taught to receive things like sweets or toys with two cupped hands together. However, these have no known meaning and seem to be a part of culture or way of doing things to show respect, politeness and humbleness if one can put it that way.
Malawian cupped hands together for greeting or respect

However Sapitwa healers insist cupped hands play a very important role in their rituals including the way one receives some things they consider to be "holy" in the African terms.

Their tools and instruments are also held in a cupped hand and this is the case in many cultures and global countries including ancient Egypt proving that we have been similar in a way despite different languages, beliefs and ways of doing things.

Photo taken from:
According to internet sources the letter K in the ancient Egyptian alphabet "developed from the cupped hand". - to be continued.......
Ancient Egypt cupped hands photo taken from internet

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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.