Saturday, May 31, 2014

Of ancient Malawi Mbona’s zebra (mbidzi) fly-whisk of power

Internet Zebra tail photo
A middle-aged woman living in the commercial city of Malawi….Blantyre falls into a deep sleep after a long day at work and has a dream that haunts her when she wakes.
In the vision the middle-aged woman saw a black horse with a white tail jumping wildly across the ground using its legs and strength and then all of a sudden seeming to charge towards her just in time for her to notice its tail is white and its eyes like those of the masked dancing spirits (mizimu) of Malawi.
After days of failing to figure out the dream, she treks to Mulanje district, home of the feared Sapitwa healers and is told that the zebra locally known as mbidzi is the “bush” black and white stripped horse of Malawi.
Now another kind of zebra this blog has seen resembles a black sea unicorn or seahorse and is said to be found in some waters of the mythical Sapitwa or maybe sourced from the Indian Ocean by healers.
The consumption of seahorses for medicinal purposes is widespread in China, where they are used in traditional Chinese medicine primarily for the treatment of impotence, wheezing, nocturnal enuresis, and pain, as well as to promote laboraccording to the unofficial Wikipedia.
Internet Seahorse photo
It also says that the Seahorse is the “title given to 54 species of marine fishes in the genusHippocampus. “Hippocampus” comes from the Ancient Greek hippos meaning “horse” and kampos meaning “sea monster”.
Now the spiritual secret of the zebra is in its tail which is used to make unique fly-whisks for some chiefs and medicine men and women not only for chasing flies away!
Such tails are said to cool down enemies when “prepared” by waving them in a certain way this blog cannot yet disclose.
The mbidzi (zebra) represented “power” and hence it was only given to those the spirit world of Sapitwa chose and in this case it’s whom the healers refer to as Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God.)
This fly-whisk is different from the rare bulu [donkey] ones used in ancient Mbona’s magic tricks which also included use of its foot for disappearing acts or when one was being chased.
Mbona was said to suddenly appear in close places using the tail and foot of the donkey.
Usually dreams including those about horses are said to be inspired by thoughts or experiences the dreamer goes through but in ancient Malawi there were some dreams which were believed to be “prophetic” (ulosi) in an African way which is today described as primitive and evil.
Ancestors of this ancient land believed that some dreams were from royal ancestral spirits whom they believed to be close to Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe who is God.
One of such spirits was the mythical Mbona and Nyangu ones but not the well documented ones of Khulubvi in Nsanje but the ones said to haunt the astral real of Sapitwa, the highest peak of Mulanje Mountain.
In Malawi, Sapitwa healers are known as asing’anga (African doctor or healer) but specializing in the spirit world (mizimu) after being born of the spirit through specific water rituals while the rest are known as munthu (a person).
They also use fly-whisks including the mbidzi one they hide at Sapitwa and other mythical mountain peaks in Africa.
Internet fly-whisk photo
Currently the Sapitwa healers who were in the forefront and first in terms of knowledge and having spirit guides are now in the background and last as the spirit world replaces them with those who were last and seen as naïve and useless.
According to one Sapitwa healer, this means all those who trekked to the former strong healers for power will also have their powers diluted as the spirit world changes positions.
All this is said to be done to usher in the new Nyangu to replace the ancient one who fell from grace and believed to also use a donkey fly-whisk for her so-called miracles or magic just like ancient Egypt’s Isis.
Closely related to horses and donkeys, the zebra (subgen usesHippotigris  and Dolichohippus) is best known for its black and white striped body. In fact, zebra stripe patterns are unique to each individual. These stripes are believed to be camouflage devices that help zebras hide well in the grass.
“Zebras as very social animals and live in large groups called ‘harems.’ Plains and mountain zebras live in harems that are made up of one stallion and up to six mares and their young, while Grevy’s zebras come together as groups for short periods of time.
“Sometimes herds come together to form temporary groups of up to 30 members. Zebras sleep standing up, and only when they are in groups that can warn them of danger. If they spot a predator, they will bark or whinny loudly to warn the others in the group partly reads
Donkey (bulu) tail ready to be made into a fly-whisk like Mbona’s

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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.