Sunday, April 20, 2014

Of ancient Malawi’s hidden gold treasure and two Tilapia fish?

A young Malawian woman in a vision sees a huge two-edged sword locally known as kandalanga with a white handle and pure gold handle and can’t help but notice how the gold seems polished and sparkling, its effects seeming to hit her eyes.
Gold photo taken from the Internet not connected to this story

She struggles to carry the sword assisted by a hexagon shaped man with a yellow measuring tape who is trying to make her catch a huge silver fish in shallow water.
Trying to make sense of the dream, the woman notices how the fish is wriggling but can’t use the heavy sword to catch it the way a fish eagle locally known as mvundulamadzi does.

This is also the nickname for a mythical two-edged sword used by ancient Malawi’s Mbona for its actions were considered to cause confusion the way a fish eagle does when it touches down with a thud to stir up the water and confuse the fish upwards so go some oral stories.
ish eagle photo from the Internet

This blog is trying to establish if the fish is Lake Malawi’s Tilapia (chambo) fish species or another type found in other rivers of Malawi.

However the other fish species is not known but believed to be in the salty waters of the Indian Ocean which can be accessed from Mozambique which borders with Malawi.

In ancient Egypt two fish were very powerful symbols with a deep meaning.

Both fish were Tilapia and the Nile perch and iniconography, there was often a man spearing both at the same time, in reality it was quite impossible.

“And that’s where it gets interesting. Indeed, if tilapia is a fish living in shallow water, mainly in lakes, river banks or ponds, the lates is living in the waters dark and deep, in the bed of the river. You could not catch them at the same time and therefore the representation of a man catching both at the same time, has a hidden meaning.

Tilapia was associated in many ancient poems with sunrise and the light blue of turquoise and with protection because the female is during danger sheltering her babies in its mouth among other things.

The two fish were also represented following the solar boat since one represented the night and the other the day.

Oreochromis of the squamipinnis group. Photo copyright © by M. K. Oliver taken from
In the “Book of the Dead” song 14, it is said the deceased when he wants to join the solar bark: “You see a real Tilapia in its turquoise pool…”And” I hold the true tilapia guiding the speed boat on the water…”

And catching at the same time, two so different fish in ancient Egypt iconography is first to be didactic, a good teaching method to remind and warn about the properties of the different fish but it is “mostly a representation for man of his control on the day and on the night: it is to say his mastery on his destiny,” partly reads

Sapitwa healers claim the gold on the sword is from the treasure of Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) and does not belong to mortal beings like us.

They also claim many ancient kings in the region hid their treasures including gold in “sacred” mountains where no man goes they say.

Although gold in ancient times is said to have been administered as medicine by shamanic practitioners locally known as asing’anga, this blog is still investigating how gold was sourced in ancient Africa.

Gold as a metal has been a valuable and highly sought-after precious metal for coinagejewelry, and other arts since long before the beginning of recorded history.

Most of the Earth’s gold probably lies at its core, the metal’s high density having made it sink there in the planet’s youth. Virtually all discovered gold is considered to have been deposited later by meteorites that contained the element.

The asteroid that formed Vredefort crater 2.020 billion years ago is often credited with seeding the Witwatersrand basin in South Africa with the richest gold deposits on earth reads .

However, the gold bearing Witwatersrandrocks were laid down between 700 and 950 million years before the Vredefort impact. These gold bearing rocks had furthermore been covered by a thick layer of Ventersdorp lavas, and the Transvaal Supergroup of rocks before the meteor struck.

“What the Vredefort impact achieved, however, was to distort the Witwatersrand basin in such a way that the gold bearing rocks were brought to the present erosion surface in Johannesburg  on the Witwatersrand, just inside the rim of the original 300 km diameter crater caused by the meteor strike.

“This brought their rich gold deposits to the notice of humans in 1886, and launched the Witwatersrand Gold Rush. Nearly 50% of all the gold ever mined on earth has been extracted from these Witwatersrand rocks,” further reads the unofficial online Wikipedia.

Egyptian hieroglyphs from as early as 2600 BC also describe gold, which king Tushratta of theMitanni claimed was “more plentiful than dirt” in Egypt.

Egypt and especially Nubia had the resources to make them major gold-producing areas for much of history. The earliest known map is known as the Turin Papyrus Map and shows the plan of a gold mine in Nubia together with indications of the local geology.
Gold bars photo from Wikipedia

The primitive working methods are described by both Strabo and Diodorus Siculus, and included fire-setting.

According to the same online source, gold played a role in western culture, as a cause for desire and of corruption, as told in children’s fables like Rumplestiltskin, where the peasant’s daughter turns hay into gold, in return for giving up her child when she becomes a princess, and stealing the hen that lays golden eggs in Jack and the beanstalk.

Another recent study has claimed water in faults vaporizes during an earthquake, depositing gold. When an earthquake strikes, it moves along a fault.

“Water often lubricates faults, filling in fractures and jogs. About 6 miles (10 kilometers) below the surface, under incredible temperatures and pressures, the water carries high concentrations of carbon dioxide, silica, and gold.

“During an earthquake, the fault jog suddenly opens wider. The water inside the void instantly vaporizes, flashing to steam and forcing silica, which forms the mineral quartz, and gold out of the fluids and onto nearby surfaces.”

“The world’s oceans contain gold…. At 10 parts per quadrillion the Earth’s oceans would hold 15,000 tonnes of gold.”

Other major gold producers are the United States, Australia, Russia, and Peru, as well as, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Indonesia and Uzbekistan. Mines in South Dakota and Nevada supply two-thirds of gold used in the United States.

Gold is currently valued at around US$62,000 per kilogram and the genuine wealth and real money according to

“Throughout history no paper currency has survived in its original form. Paper currencies are normally inflated away until they are worthless. The purchasing power of the US dollar has declined by 90% since 1950. The situation is the same for most currencies.

When governments come under financial pressure they can never resist printing money to pay for debts, be they war debts or just excessive spending. Gold is the only currency which has no liability attached to it.

So far no paper currency has survived intact over a longer period whilst gold has represented real money for several thousand years. When paper money fails investors who own gold still have a currency which holds its value despite the fact that banks may be bankrupt,” further reads the same source.

Gold, hidden treasure in the Ocean?

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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.