Friday, May 2, 2014

Is Ancient Malawi’s M’manga Mudzi like Egypt’s Tree of Life?

Is Malawi’s M’manga Mudzi tree of Mpewula or Pewula similar to ancient Egypt’s Tree of Life?
Travelling through some parts of Mulanje, one is bound to see at least three unidentified trees apparently growing out of anthills which actually are termite mounds if one may call them that.
These anthills are called M’manga Mudzi which literally means build the village or guess one can say foundation.
Now this kind of tree which grows out of an anthill with its roots showing is said to be found at Sapitwa, the highest peak of Mulanje Mountain if what the healers say is anything to go by.
This blog has never visited Sapitwa and has no idea what kind of trees are there.  There also seems to be some kind of Sacred Science when a female Sapitwa healer explains things about their “spirit world” which seems to include a god and goddess.
Part of their myths and tales claim some ancient people believed there was some kind of a Primordial Mound where life sprang from somehow on termite hills.
This blog uses the term “Primordial” as it is defined online as the “existing at or from the beginning of time; primeval.”
According to a Mang’anja female Sapitwa healer some of the ancestors of this land believed life sprang from a mound which somehow had a serpent spirit which would appear as a human being or something like that.
In several ancient African societies those of royal families were believe to be given new bodies as serpent spirits when they passed on and these were usually the upright cobra, mamba and python. Not as the ones we see on earth but the so-called spiritual ones which spoke like human beings.
Ancient African 4 winds of Sapitwa cross of North, South, East and West
And in their ancient beliefs they claimed that their god had 7 spirits and of these 4 had a positive charge and were male on the right of the African cross while the 3 with a negative charge were said to be female.

According to information posted on a website, in ancient Egyptian texts it is written of the Tree of Life, “I am the plant which comes from Nu.” The Tree of Life grew out of the Sacred Mound, it’s branches reaching out and supporting the star and planet studded sky, while it’s roots reached down into the watery abyss of the Netherworld.

“The trunk of the Tree of Life represented the World Pillar or Axis Munde (literally “Axis of the Mound”) around which the heavens appeared to revolve. The World Pillar was the centre of the universe.
Rameses ancient Egypt Tree of Life

“The Ancient Egyptian symbol for “plant” meaning “Tree of Life” was three sacred lotus lilies. They have tree stems curving to the left as though blown into Life by the breath of Hu, the Celestial Sphinx. 

On top of each stem is the Lotus flower which was used in Ancient Egypt to represent Life and Resurrection.

“It is from this hieroglyph that the “fleur de lis” which is frequently found in Ancient Egyptian Art traces its origin. The “fleur de lis” represents the Tree of Life. The glyph which denotes the sacred knowledge associated with Hu is also formed by the three stems of the three sacred lotus lilies,” further reads the same website.

Now, in the Sapitwa mythology, ancestral spirits of the dead live in the astral realm of Mulanje Mountain and spirits which have never been human so go the tales.
Of these are 7 spirits guided by their god of which four are believed to mythically control what is believed to be 4 winds used by healers to send requests with incense.
In the myths the royal spirit family consists of Tomasi Bona of the North wind of their god, Tagoneka Mbona of the West wind, Chandiona Gonekela of the South wind and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi [Nthandi] of the East which in English would be the Sirius star and child of the moon.
These four include the ancient Malawi god of rain and rain shrines are believed to be on the mountain. Chandiona Gonekela was summarised as it’s seen me put to sleep and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East which in English would be the Sirius star and child of the moon.
In Chichewa Nthanda yaku m’mawa means the African cross from the east and mwezi means the moon both seen in the sky and drawn by the ancestors of healers of this land so go the tales.
Is  Yeretsa including with an N tree the Flamboyant Tree ?
The other three spirits include a name which sounds like Dziwe Ntambamwana named after a pool/witchcraft but not to be confused with the Ntambanana River in KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and Ife Zonse meaning something like us all. 
The last is Sungamwana meaning keep the child for good.
There was also Mpewula or is it Pewula or Peula, the wandering spirit which myths said was jealous of their god.

Now according to the unofficial Wikipedia a hydrogen atom is an atom of the chemical element hydrogen.

“The electrically neutral atom contains a single POSITIVELY CHARGED proton and a single NEGATIVELY CHARGED electron bound to the nucleus by the Coulomb force.

What is interesting is that termites chew up the wood of trees which their gut microbes digest for energy with a huge amount of hydrogen gas coming from other bacteria in the termite gut community, other internet sources show.

“These hydrogen-producing bacteria pull hydrogen atoms off of cellulose (from the wood the termites chew) and put the H atoms together as Hbecause the gut has no oxygen to accept the H electrons,” partly reads

Now that this blog is closer to identifying the M’manga Mudzi anthill tree, there is another one used to make local necklaces which some healers call Yeretsa which is to make clean or “holy” but sometimes pronounced with an N which is considered rude in Malawi.
What is the local necklace I’m wearing made from?
Some Facebook friends have told this blog that one such tree is globally known as the Flamboyant Tree with pods but this blog is still researching the Moringa oleifera tree locally known as to see if it is the one used to purify water among other things.
This blog wants to know the English name of Yeretsa which makes bitter things sweet among other oral stories and is also found in India according to a Sapitwa healer. Thanks to those who have been sharing knowledge. Remain blessed.

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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.