Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Did ancient Malawi’s calendar have 10 months?

Much to discover in ancient history of beautiful Mother Malawi
It seems like Malawi’s ancient calendar might have had 10 “months” which are still used by some female traditional healers who trek to Sapitwa, the highest peak of Mulanje mountain.
This information for now is unofficial and not for local news websites to use without permission say the female healers of Sapitwa who are slowly sharing information exclusively for this blog.
One of the elderly Mang’anja women based in Mulanje has allowed this blog to share this information with the world while she remains behind the scenes.  She is uneducated and has no access to the internet in the village where she lives. 
These women in their ancient beliefs claim the suspected astral realm of Sapitwa is home to an ancient royal spirit family of three hence the local beliefs that mizimu (spirits) somehow haunt only that part the mountain where “no man goes”.  
The names of the three are known but for now the names of the two male ones will remain hidden and the name of the female one is the first Nyangu claim these female healers of Sapitwa.
They claim that the first Nyangu in ancient Malawi symbolized the moon and kum’mawa meaning the East which is Sapitwa while a suspected Mbona could be the West meaning Nsanje but not confirmed.  
So far on a map Mulanje is East of Blantyre and the Lower Shire could be South West which would mean the ancient African cross and compass of the 4 winds of North, South, West and East.
Ancient African cross of 4 winds and suspected Sirius
The history they have shared involves a map and knowledge of all Kings of this ancient land and the original names of cities and some villages. It also involves a lot of mathematics to figure out which mizimu (spirits or gods) were associated with the sun and the number of festivals and the moon etc.
So far in their myths and tales there are also 7 spirits with 4 being male and 3 female supposedly pulling each other to create Light.  Seven is also said to be the colours of the rainbow hence the many ancient names for Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) with the English/Chichewa dictionary compiled by Steven Paas also including Leza, Mlezi, Mlengi and Chanjiri among others.
To date two nsembe (offerings) festivals still performed at Sapitwa are known and these are Mphepo zinayi (4 winds) of the ancient African cross and the suspected Sirius one (Nthanda yaku m’mawa) where mapira (sorghum) offerings etc are made at Sapitwa.
This blog is still investigating the other festivals till there is at least 10 as an assumption since these healers speak in riddles and create a puzzle for one to solve.
They are also expected to release hieroglyphic writings for experts to investigate and research but the date this year is not yet known.  Traditional healers who in history played the role of ancient priests and priestesses in this ancient land are locally known as asing’anga.  They basically group themselves into two groups mainly amizimu (spirits) or nyanga (magical charms including animal horns).
The nyanga ones who are only male are also known to use the evil maula magical oracle which is usually made from an old African wine kettle gourd locally known as the narrow neck nsupa and a goat horn among other things.
This maula has been the source of confusion and chaos in some villages because of its lying oracles.
Malawi has several traditional healers associations with the main Traditional Healers Association drafting a pending Traditional Medicine Bill.  However, the female Sapitwa healers remain in the background and preferring to work in villages in Malawi and Mozambique without charging.
The story of one of the Sapitwa healers will be documented in a book and hopefully a documentary funds permitting as an attempt to capture some of this oral history which has never ever been documented or written about before. 
This blog is not endorsing their beliefs or what they say but in a small way trying to document the ancient history of some female healers which has never ever been captured.  Plans are underway to have a Facebook page to post some video interviews in Mulanje and share ancient history as an attempt to document a small part of it in an amateur way after research and verification.
Luckily, there is a lot of official and well-researched information online about ancient Malawi including a write-up about Makewana (community fortune teller) on http://www.wawamalawi.com/cultures/chewa.php which partly reads:
“The office of Makewana is not hereditary, her election is not based upon membership it is a certain clan but rather on her demonstration of an ecstatic visionary gift which must become apparent to the community during her childhood. Makewana lives alone in her hut, apart from the village. She is not married. An ebony stick and a necklace with a large circular shell mark her special status.”
There is also interesting information about Mbona, the ” legendary rain maker with superhuman powers who lived in Nsanje” on http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
This blog will soon start revealing some secrets of Mbona as some Sapitwa healers also claim him which could confuse the history books of Malawi which only place Mbona at Khulubvi and other associated sacred Mbona rain shrines posted on the Unesco World Heritage website on http://whc.unesco.org/en/tentativelists/5602/
This blog will in an amateur way using the words of Sapitwa and “Kuba” healers and of course Google try and write some missing oral stories in Malawi’s ancient history long gone for the majority.  Eventually experts and researchers can do their own investigations to verify information they share.

 

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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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