Sunday, January 19, 2014

Myths & Tales: “I’m a child (Ndine mwana)”

Some African instruments don't sing like birds when suspected "evil spirits" play it

You’re a child, you don’t know anything is a word some hear in villages whenever they clash with okhwima (I think that’s magically matured in English) people who use magical charms among other things to protect themselves from spiritual attacks or enemies.

Others are said to somehow use such rituals to unfairly harm those they envy or hate for stupid reasons.

A man can be over the age of 70 and still seen as a child when they have not gone through any of such nyanga magical rituals.

Then there are some traditional healers specializing in magical charms/horns locally known as asing’anga anyanga who are also not seen as children.

Some such healers also describe those who don’t follow their rituals as being naked (maliseche) meaning they don’t use charms including kwakwananda love potions from the monitor lizard or various aphrodisiacs to increase lust or energy in the bedroom for couples.

Malawi's gondolosi among other aphrodisiacs are harmless
“Witches” locally known as “afiti” and those who in myths are believed to specialize in magic (matsenga), the lying maula and fertility orgies and sexual promiscuous are also grouped in the group of those who are not children.

This is why in ancient times the woman manning the rain shrines was celibate and the men performing some rituals at the mountain among other places was celibate.

With married couples they would fast and abstain from sexual relations before going to rain shrines and ancient sacred places.

According to a female Sapitwa healer, such “children” usually glow through the so-called eyes of the heart which makes them appear bright like a good 'spirit'.

She claims that is why it is wrong to touch the forehead anyhow or the top of a baby’s head because some people somehow use it to take ones energy or power.

Maybe one can assume they don’t use any forces of darkness but only the light which has symbolically been played with in this ancient land of Malawi. 

Some of the ancestors would monitor how the sun rose in the East and set in the West and again when the Sirius Star would shine brightly on what we now know as New Year’s Eve as if to usher in a new beginning and leave the old.

This myth was also played when explaining the role of the mythical 7 spirits of the Sapitwa god with 4 on the right being a positive charge and the 3 on the left a negative charge but not necessarily evil.

Sapitwa healers believe the Creation involved a positive and negative which is used by traditional healers who follow such ancient practices so the nyanga male healers would tap female energy from the hour glass shape African Wine Kettle gourd locally known as nsupa while the female ones would tap energy from their own versions of Mbona. 

In such a case it was only one female healer of Sapitwa who did that so go the ancient myths and tales this blog is only documenting but not at all endorsing.
Sapitwa female healer explaining some secret hand symbols

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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. this space.