Sunday, April 6, 2014

Ancient Malawi priestesses used Nsengwa baskets as scrolls?

Sapitwa healers say this image of an ancient healer/priestess is accurate.
Photo – © 2013 Max Dashu – image created for [Malawi] Woman Shaman: the Ancients

It has become quite obvious to this blog that some ancient Malawian priestesses used nsengwa baskets as scrolls but raw materials used remain unknown so assistance is sought.

First of all there is need to know what nsengwa baskets are made it bamboo (bango) or those other names?

Or is it papyrus (njeza,  mululu or is it mlulu or gumbwa) ?  Online under a certain English/Nyanja dictionary, papyrus is defined as gumbwa. 
It’s interesting how some sitting mats are said to be made from njeza or mululu, plants found in water and which crocodiles do not like and swim away from…which sounds like papyrus.
It is different from the sitting mats made from mulaza which look like kandjeza palm leaves which don’t grow high. So the other type is made from bango which is bamboo.
Some also claim that njeza is an expression for eyes…to clear the path so that one can walk through and to scare away afiti (witches) and anything that would come and harm a person.
Sitting mats are also placed at the windows of some homes as some but not all believe it dilutes the believed magical powers some thieves use.
Now a nsengwa basket is smaller than lichero winnowing basket which witches (afiti) are also said to use. Nsengwa is for oracles and will try to explain how its ancient secrets were broken and revealed when it got into the hands of the owner as a scroll hence this blog needs to know what it’s made from to figure out how that was done.
Small Nsengwa basket
It would only work when it was with the one it was created for and the one who was given the power to reveal it’s words and secrets say some Sapitwa healers.
In this blog there is a photo of a virgin nsengwa small basket which has not been used…when they write on them they use an ancient alphabet like the N-water ripple symbol which is also M for Mbona in some ancient Malawi alphabets.
The few who use these as books hide them so it’s hard for some of us to read what they have there. Maybe they’re were like ancient scrolls or used for oracles but some ancient alphabets and symbols are seen in so many places.
Even the letter K, in ancient Malawi most likely existed as the sacred cupped hand where the palm is hidden.
Nsengwa small baskets are used as decorations on the wall etc unlike the Lichero winnowing basket which is bigger.
Online the water ripple posted on the Wikipedia website is described as N in hieroglyphics etc. In ancient Malawi that symbol meant M like Mbona. …

One symbol is the water ripple of ancient Egypt and Malawi which was M like for Mbona’s name and G like for Boomerang and the hook for F in the photos of nsengwa so there is need to read sentences and hidden words in some of them.
Online water to represent N also believed to represent the equivalent of M in ancient Malawi like water

Ironically the online N-water ripple hieroglyph sounds to similar to the wave-formed ripple whose description also fits ancient Malawi’s mythical Napolo serpent spirit.

Online there are also “High Priestess” Card Symbols especially the one with the “the moon crown of Isis, veil, solar cross and crescent moon.

It’s described as having a “Black & white lotus, pillars (B stands for Boaz, signifying negation, J stands for Jachin, meaning beginning). Scroll with the word Tora on it.”
High Priestess photo from Wikipedia
the complete word which begins with TORA is hidden
and this blog doesn't it’s meaning.

This blog has noticed that the full word is hidden and has no idea what that word means or what language that is. However the way the priestess is seated is similar to some ancient African ones.
Other websites define it as a “High Priestess Tarot Card” which is the “second trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks. 

This card is used in game playing as well as in divination.”

It further adds that the High Priestess is usually read as a spiritual woman or medium, a teacher of archaic knowledge, librarian or just a reclusive relative knows many family secrets.

“The High Priestess if often seen as a perpetual maiden, the eternal virgin of an Athena, Diana or Vesta. But some view her as also representing a woman who might be pregnant. In such instances, the High Priestess is NOT viewed as an emblem of fertility, a “mother,” but rather as a still, quiet incubator where the “idea” (child) can remain stable and protected.

She is described as maintaining secret traditions and rites passed from seer to successor and acting as a restful librarian of information rather than restless seeker of it.”

This blog would also appreciate correct spellings of Chichewa words, cheers.

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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.

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