Friday, June 13, 2014

The day ancient Malawi’s evil Mbewula got married to Nyandu…

He appears as huge as a mountain, his red eyes as red as fierce flames, his small horns standing out as he roars in a ball of fire…his lower part seeming to be engulfed in flames or made from flames go some oral stories about ancient Malawi’s Mbewula.

This spirit is said to have changed his evil ways when he was given a good wife whose name was Nyandu. And it’s because of this elderly female spirit that Mbewula is said to have left his place in the water and underworld to help the good spirits of the mountain as they fought to reclaim their history.

These winged spirits of the water and caves are to have joined forces in battle with the winged spirits of the mountain using the power of the 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) to create the ancient African cross of 4 good winged spirits and 3 negative winged spirits with an upright serpent in the middle.

Now the history to this oral story began like this:

As the majestic Sapitwa peak stands tall as if summoning or inviting people to admire its beauty, the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa quietly roar around Mulanje Mountain and its nearest water body in harmony with the black clouds as if to usher in rains so go some of the tales of ancient times in a Mulanje village.

Myths and Tales are abundant in all regions of beautiful Malawi. But for now this blog can only manage to capture some unofficial and undocumented tales from Mulanje which is easier to do amateur research with using SMS, phone calls or visiting the place at least once a month.

In Mulanje and amongst many Mang’anja traditional healers from Mulanje including a few Lhomwe ones the teachings of Mbona prevail.
Mbona Illustration in an old school-book

This group includes the female mizimu ones of Sapitwa who deal with herbs but also winged spirits that have never been human and ancestral spirits.
Then there are the male nyanga ones of “Kuba” who deal with herbs and ziwanda (demons) for “miracles” and also charms and the so-called magical nsupa, the African wine kettle gourd and a few deal with the primitive and evil goat horn maula magical oracles consisting of a blackened nsupa and kukhwima rituals (making a person spiritual strong).
Now when some of these healers claim to send their request to the 4 winds they chant several names which they have kept secret for a long time.
The most important name is Tomasi Bona which is not mentioned anyhow and connected to the mythical Napolo serpent spirit associated with earthquakes, landslides and other calamities.

This name is also used in the ancient Malawi way of explaining the two ways to the underworld of Sapitwa through a hidden rock at Dziwe la Nkhalamba say many healers in the area but cautiously.

The name is part of the 4 male winged spirits of a positive scientific charge which are also connected to water.

This blog earlier revealed the names with permission beginning with the 4 winds: 
Tomasi Bona                                    -   North                                     Tagoneka Mbona                             -     West
Chandiona Gonekela                       -      South
Nthanda mwana wa mwezi [Nandi]      -    East

And their meanings?:
Tomasi Bona                           =  the whole world in the hands/feast
Tagoneka Mbona                     = Like put to sleep
Chandiona Gonekela                = It’s seen me, put to sleep
Nthanda/Nandi mwana wa mwezi  = Sirius star like in nthanda yaku m’mawa African cross and child of the moon
Another one of the so-called wandering evil one is Mbewula, said to appear like an elderly man but not the Creator of this universe whom the elders of this ancient land called Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom in their eyes was an ancient and elderly spirit.
Mbewula’s fire was said to be like that of a black rooster/cock (tambala) when it heats up a place before targeting a hen…in other words the fire of sex.
This fire was also said to be connected to lust when misused and love when used correctly.  
So in the same way a black rooster would heat the ground so this spirit or those who believed in it would heat up the ground or place for different rituals to attract the spirit among other things go oral stories.

Now the 3 mythical winged female negative charges used in battle etc and connected to specific hills or mountains are said to be:
Dziwe Ntambamwana (witchcraft pool), Sungamwana (keep the child) and Ife Zonse (all of us).
Now Dzwie Ntambamwana appears as a woman with reddish eyes as if drunk from red wine, her uncut Medusa like hair flying all over the place like serpents, dancing her heart out seductively on makeshift stages twirling and balancing while moving with beautiful chicken like steps in her bright red dress.
She is also known to throw herself on the ground to show her forbidden fruit spread wide open as if acting in an X-rated blue movie.
Oral stories also talk of her telling people about the power in her no-go-zone and that she is not human but a chiwanda (demon)…the most lustful of the three feminine ones in the tales.
Red wine photo not connected to this story
taken from
It’s is this female autonomy where some spirits are said to possess a person and enter the body from and apparently the same part with males claim some Sapitwa healers.
It’s also from this area where some spirits are said to leave a body hence allegedly making some possessed dancers grab that part when performing because they can’t resist the sensation.
Now some traditional healers dealing with spirits also known as African Shaman globally claim to also know the presence of a spirit by feeling a sensation in that area as it enters and possesses their bodies.
It is through the forbidden fruit that the wandering spirit is said to have sexual relations in the spiritual realm with a chosen woman to give her his powers by creating a waterfall discharge in her and an abrupt menstrual cycle to form a River of Blood go some ancient Malawi stories.
This is why some healers claim the caduceus as one of the most ancient symbols is vulgar and describes a sexual act with a serpent. According to them in the ancient Malawi creation story, the first Nyangu had sexual relations with her brother and her father who appeared as a serpent hence the beginning of witchcraft (ufiti) and magic (matsenga).
Ironically this undocumented Malawian myth is similar to ancient Egypt’s story about Isis marrying her brother Osiris and getting a secret name from her “father” Ra one of the gods as stated in
Isis statue photo from Wikipedia
It was said that Isis tricked Ra into telling her his “secret name” by causing a snake to bite him, the antidote to whose venom only Isis possessed. Knowing his secret name thus gave her power over him.
The use of secret names became central in many late Egyptian magic (matsenga) spells. By the late Egyptian historical period, after the occupations by the Greeks and the Romans, Isis became the most important and most powerful deity of the Egyptian pantheon because of her magical skills.
Magic is central to the entire mythology of Isis, arguably more so than any other Egyptian deity partly reads the website. 
According to an online Tour Egypt website, Isis is a magician (matsenga), a wise woman a daughter of Ra and for the supremely immune Ra to be affected by her arts, the image must have something of him in it further reads the website.
“One day, Isis follows after Ra and gathers the earth that he has moistened with himself. She fashions from it an image of a small snake, the very toxic dart, and brings it to life.
Isis lays the snake in his accustomed path, with the instruction to bite Ra as he passes. This he does, and the snake springs up and clamps its fangs into the divine flesh.
Ra, surprised, makes his way back to his abode, where a tremendous fever takes him. He shudders in his limbs, he cannot believe the virulent poison can be harming him, Lord of the gods. His own fire should be sufficient to burn away any other, but it is not.
Eventually Isis forces the mystical syllables out of him and speaks the words, the syllables of Ra’s one true name o the poison “flees his limbs…”
Isis has been associated with snakes from apparently the very beginning of her career as a goddess.
Even in ancient Egypt, the symbol of the snake indicates power, sometimes referred to as the “flame”.
“Many of the representations of snakes in conjunction with Isis are symbols of what we sometimes call “Kundalini” – the serpent line band of energy that connects our power centers together” further reads

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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.