Monday, June 2, 2014

Of ancient Malawi's cornerstone visions and the first being last?

Ibis V formation photo from
http://cosmosmagazine.com/features/birds-fly-v-formations/

An exhausted young Malawian woman goes into a trance and finds herself falling into a deep sleep where she sees the most bizarre sight before her but in the sky.

She sees white bricks flying in a V shape with the one in front and the first forming the tip of the V figure when all of a sudden a bright White Light removes the brick in front as if shuffling cards.

All of a sudden the brick in front is in the middle while one of those from behind goes to replace the empty space created very briefly. 

While the young woman is watching this strange sight before her, she suddenly sees another reshuffle as the White Light is reconstructing the bricks to create a new V formation with the last brick now in front and forming a cornerstone like shape.
Cornerstone ancient building Internet photo

According to a female Sapitwa healer this “vision” is symbolic and has a meaning in their beliefs. 

She says 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 and rebuilds its structure of the ancient Malawi sacred three of Tomasi Bona, Mbona and Nyangu.

All this is said to be done to usher in the new Nyangu to replace the ancient one who fell from grace and haunts the mystical side of Sapitwa, the highest peak of Mulanje Mountain.

The vision also captures the ancient triangular shape of sacred mountains in some parts of Africa. 

One of such sacred mountains in ancient times was known as “Sapitwa”…where no man goes but today that name is only used for its highest peak and in a modern world the mountain is now free for all.

However this blog does not have a photo of the Sapitwa peak and cannot verify if it’s a triangular shape like a pyramid or not including its mythical side.
Internet pyramid photo

The shape of some peaks of high mountains resembles migratory birds flying in a graceful V formation like the ibis or wild geese. According to online sources such birds aren’t just flying to look elegant but to somehow save energy.

“But why not fly directly in the slipstream of the bird in front, as cyclists do in the velodrome or racing cars do on the track? Why fly in a V formation? Why is it so?
“For a bird – or an aircraft – energy minimisation is all about catching updrafts. When a wing slices through the sky to create lift, the air is left spinning it its wake. Directly behind the wing is a strong downwash of air. Flying there requires extra energy to maintain altitude through the downward flowing air. The slipstream is a very bad place to fly.
“At the wingtip, however, the air flows differently. The spinning air rolling off the end of the wing forms a small vortex of upward-flowing air, giving followers flying there a bit of a lift.
“By riding precisely in the upwash of a lead plane, fighter jets can reduce their energy consumption by up to 18%, although this feat requires precision flying to ride the sweet spot. For birds, the challenge is even greater. The sweet spot constantly moves up and down as the lead bird flaps its wings.
“To make the most of this upwash, the following bird would not only have to position itself relative to the leader, but also choreograph its flapping to keep its wing within the upward flowing air. 

Simply mimicking the squadron leader’s flapping doesn’t catch the air in the right way. Instead, the follower has to slightly delay its wing beats, to account for the delay in the air rolling off the leaders wings and reaching him,” partly reads http://cosmosmagazine.com/features/birds-fly-v-formations/

Drafting or slipstreaming is also described online as being similar in that its  a technique where two vehicles or other moving objects are caused to align in a close group reducing the overall effect of drag due to exploiting the lead object's slipstream.

Internet photo

Especially when high speeds are involved, as in motor racing and cycling, drafting can significantly reduce the paceline’s average energy expenditure required to maintain a certain speed and can also slightly reduce the energy expenditure of the lead vehicle or object, further reads the unofficial Wikipedia.

“Drafting is used to reduce wind resistance and is seen most commonly in bicycle racing, car racing and speed-skating, though drafting is occasionally used even in cross-country skiing, cross-country skiing, downhill skateboarding and running….
“In cycling, any time one bicyclist is riding behind another, energy is conserved, especially at higher speeds.
“Cooperative fluid dynamics techniques like drafting are also found in nature. Flocks of geese and some other birds fly in a V formation because the wingtip vortices generated by the front bird will create up-wash circulations. The birds flying behind will receive lift force from these up-wash vortices. 
Thus other birds in the flock do not need to work as hard to achieve lift. Studies show that birds in a V formation place themselves roughly at the optimum distance predicted by simple aerodynamic theory,” further reads the same website.
Racing cars photo from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drafting_(aerodynamics)



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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.

.....watch this space.


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