Friday, June 6, 2014

Knot of Ancient Malawi’s Nyangu…Magic (Matsenga) Tales

Internet photo of statue of ancient Egypt’s Isis .
It has similar symbols like ancient Malawi’s Nyangu
An adventurous Malawian woman is travelling by minibus on her way to the Mozambique border while taking photos with her camera when all of a sudden she notices the smartly dressed man sitting next to her removing a small chitenje (wrapper ) cloth from under his seat and putting it in his left hand.
He then seems to pull it towards him with his right hand as if milking a cow.
The startled woman stares at the man’s hands and its movement and wonders what on earth he’s up to.  You see the man is wearing a pinkish shirt with smart beige trousers and he’s smartly groomed, his neat haircut complimenting his confidence.
But it’s the little chitenje in his hand which is an odd sight since it’s an old small cloth like the one some women of ancient Malawi used to use during their menstrual cycle.
As she glances at the man’s hand he looks back at her and he’s surprised she can see the contents of his hands.
Unknown to the woman, the man was trying to somehow magically steal her camera and handbag something an elderly women would later reveal.
Strangely the woman had K100,000 in her handbag and the man might have known that.
The cloth the man carried was made from a chitenje and in the middle was a hidden chitumwa (small pillow) tied in a knot.  
Sapitwa has revealed that some people hide their zithumwa’s in the bra or underwear using a safety pin, while others wear them on their waists using a cloth while others keep them under desks or chairs among other things for various reasons.
This blog ties a knot on a chitenje as an example…
the actual cloth is much smaller and the other side viewed publicly
These are typical tools of ancient Malawi’s first Nyangu. According to some healers, such things are tied in a knot to control its movement and to ensure it does not drop and be exposed to the public. 
This is why some okhwima (ripe) people are believed to carry a handkerchief or small cloth to hide their “magic”. Some don’t have a chitumwa but sprinkle a certain type of herbal fluid this blog is also investigating.
Internet photo of Knot of Isis
Women are also warned to always burn their sanitary pads or hide used clothes for menstrual cycles because witches and wizards can use them for their evil spells.
It is not known if the ancient Knot of Nyangu was the same as the Knot of Isis or Tyet which online sources say resembles an ankh, except its arms curve down.
Isis is said to have married her brother Osiris (Ausar) and had a son called Horus (Heru) among other things.
Strangely, it is also speculated that the Tyet represents the menstrual blood flow from Isis’ womb and its magical properties read some online sources.
“Its exact origin is unknown and its meaning is also reminiscent of the ankh, as it is often translated to mean “welfare” or “life”. It seems to be called “the Knot of Isis” because it resembles a knot used to secure the garments that the Egyptian gods wore (also tet, buckle of Isis, girdle of Isis, and the blood of Isis).
It is mentioned in the 156th spell for the Book of the Dead.
“You possess your blood, Isis, you possess your power, Isis, you possess your magic, Isis. The amulet is a protection for this Great One, which will drive off anyone who would perform a criminal act against him.”
In all these cases it seems to represent the ideas of resurrection and eternal life”, partly reads the unofficial Wikipedia about some of the practices of Isis.

Knot of Isis

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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.

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.