Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Malawi Sapitwa oracle: Mizimu yakwiya (The spirit is angry)

Mulanje Mountain known for its majestic Sapitwa peak is an important and mythological mountain in ancient Malawi myths and tales.
However the mythological side of Mulanje Mountain should not be confused with the real geographic Mulanje Massif said to measure approximately 22×26 kilometres with a maximum elevation of 3,002 m at its highest point, Sapitwa Peak.
The mythical Sapitwa is described as a dwelling place for various spirits including gods and goddesses some who were ancient kings, and marvelous plants and trees like the cedar. Mulanje Mountain is also known as the “Island in the Sky” and the place of mizimu (spirits) in various tales.
However an elderly spirit with white hair has rebuked this blog for revealing the secrets of the treasure found on top of the mountain, Sapitwa Peak to be exact says a male healer whose photo cannot be posted.
The male healer who phoned insisted the treasure there is for Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) and this blog should stop posting the word “god” to describe their Creator.
The Sapitwa healers are also fed up with what they term as insults showered on their beliefs and way of life so they would rather remain in the background and help open-minded foreigners.
So in line with ancient culture, traditions and to show respect and follow the rules of the mountain, this blog has apologized and will be posting exact words told and unedited.
This blog will also be posting “oracles” from Sapitwa not as an endorsement but a way to give a voice to the voiceless.
The blog is told that the message from there is “Ndilipo” which in English is something like “I am fine” after a greeting or “we are here” others say.
This blog will also play by the rules and only be posting information that has been approved.  The second message is that those who want the hieroglyphics writings have to get them on their own.

When asked if Sapitwa was like Mountain Nyangani in Zimbabwe, the male healer refused to answer and hung up the phone which is common of them.
Last week a story appearing on News Day online under the Columnists/Opinion section about a ‘Mountain that swallows people’ described Mount Nyangani as one “that is feared by most people that live in the Eastern Highlands where a number of people have disappeared without trace.”
“They say it is a sacred highland…Vanishing on this mountain is neither a myth nor a legend. It is real,” partly reads https://www.newsday.co.zw/2014/01/18/mountain-swallows-people/

However others suggested the need to “establish a procedure where, all tourists are taken on a guided trail by local climbers that know the terrain very well and all tourists and guides are mandated to wear reflective jackets locally available.”
There have been also been tragic stories of people disappearing on Mount Mulanje and tourists are always advised to trek up the actual mountain with guides because some areas are said to be slippery.
“There are innumerable hiking routes from the base to the plateau, the most popular being the Skyline Path to the Chambe Basin and the Lichenya Path to the Lichenya Plateau, both of which start at Likhubula Forestry Station some 8km from Mulanje Town.
“On the plateau itself there are ten mountain huts, one owned by the CCAP, and the remainder maintained by the MMCT and MCM in collaboration with the Forestry Department.
“These huts are connected to each other by well marked trails ranging from three to six hours’ walking duration and the peaks and valleys of Mulanje offer enough walking and climbing possibilities to keep anybody busy for at least a month. In addition, many of the streams on Mulanje are stocked with trout, and fishing permits are issued by the forestry office at Likhubula,” further reads the Wawa Malawi website.
According to the Wikipedia, scientifically the beautiful “mountain island” rises up more than 2500 meters above the plains around.
“This setting is responsible for the Massifs role as a rain barrier that forces the clouds to come down in the form of rain. This becomes very visible if we take a look at the annual normal rainfalls, on and around the massif.
“On plateau level, at around 2000 m.a.s.l., we annually experience more than 100 inches of rain, however, in the low plains around the foot of the Massif, the annual rainfalls, range around 40 inch. In the plains around the Mountain, it normally only rains in the rainy season, while it rains all year long, on plateau level. The rains are just more intense and frequent then in the dry season.
It adds that there are “still differences in the amounts of rain, around the Massif. The south-west face of the Mountain, is the weather side, around LikhabulaLichenya and Mulanje Boma, which experiences the highest amounts of rain, due to the south-east trades of the southern hemisphere, that drive the moist air from Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo into the Mulanje region.

“Therefore the North-west face of the Massif experiences lesser rains, as it is situated in the shadows of the high Peaks of the Massif.”
These mountains are some of the things that make the African landscape beautiful and one of the main reasons this blog will continue informing, educating and entertaining various valued readers throughout the world.
This blog LOVES MALAWI!!!! Despite challenges, the mountain and nature remain beautiful and the birds still sing as if in a fairyland! 

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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.