Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Abathwa/Amwandionerapati (short people/dwarfs) of Shire?

    • Took this photo when travelling by bus from The Lower Shire in 2010
      The Abathwa [those short people/dwarfs] also known as the Mwandionera pati or Akafula settled by Lake Malawi
    • according to information in the book "The ‘Malawi Lake of Stars’ by Michael Mutisunge Phoya and with photography by Frank Johnston.

    • The Akafula are described as living "amicably with their Bantu ancestors before demand for land led their larger neighbours to displace them. Migrating southwards, they chanced upon the water of Nyasa........now hearing about the Shire too?
    • These short people of ancient Malawi who have a secretive symbol were believed to be strong fighters also found on Mulanje mountain say the Sapitwa healers.  Will attempt to draw one based on the information made available.
When one met them they would be asked from how far they had seen them and if they gave the wrong answer and said nearby they would be slapped really hard and seriously injured or worse so go the tales but if they answered correctly which was saying they saw them from very far away, the Amwandionerapati were said to grow "tall" with pride and let the person pass by.

According to Myths and Tales, they guard the mythical part of Mulanje Mountain in legend stories of oral history.

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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.

.....watch this space.


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