Monday, September 8, 2014

Ancient Malawi's Napolo was Tomasi Bona (Atom)....just like Egypt's Atum

Ancient Malawi’s Napolo’s real name was Tomasi Bona the spirit (mizimu) responsible for the North wind and connected to myths and tales about rain, floods and landslides.
Atum internet photo

Napolo is a destructive serpent spirit believed to live in mountains, hills and mounds but he is NOT Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) who only does good and does not harm his creation in ancient oral stories.

Ancestors believed that the Creator lived beyond the sun and way up in the sky.

Tomasi Bona’s name means he has the "world in his hands" and a "feast".  In myths and tales he was believed to fight to get back what he lost in the end.

According to oral stories, he originated from one of the M’manga Mudzi termite looking mounds somewhere in Malawi and a lake and plenty of water is believed to be underneath it.
One of the M'manga Mudzi anthill trees or mound

His symbol is a circle with a cross inside meaning complete and what goes around comes around meaning in the end there would be destruction using water.

As explained in an earlier blog, Tomasi Bona also known as atom or aTomu is the mythical elderly spirit believed to lead 7 others known as Tagoneka Mbona of the West wind and sunset, Chandiona Goneka of the South wind and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East wind and the sunrise.

These included 4 spirits of positive charges and 3 of negative charges which are Sungamwana, Dziwe Ntambamwana and Ife Zonse pulling each other to make light.

Now what is interesting is that when said in Chichewa, Tomasi’s abbreviated name is atom or should we say Atom like in the same way this author’s name would be amizere or Amizere when addressing her name in Chichewa.

Now an atom is a basic unit of matter that consists of a dense central nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. The atomic nucleus contains a mix of positively charged protons and electrically neutral neutrons. The electrons of an atom are bound to the nucleus by the electromagnetic force.

Finger ground drawing of Napolo's ancient name
“Likewise, a group of atoms can remain bound to each other by chemical bonds based on the same force, forming a molecule. 

"An atom containing an equal number of protons and electrons is electrically neutral, otherwise it is positively or negatively charged and is known as an ion. 

"An atom is classified according to the number of protons and neutrons in its nucleus: the number of protons determines the chemical element, and the number of neutrons determines the isotope of the element," read online sources.

Ironically there are other foreign cultures with similar myths suggesting atoms including in ancient Egypt. 


The ancient Egyptians believed that Atum was the first god to exist on earth 
and that he "rose from the waters of chaos (Nun)" just like ancient Malawians believed that Atom was the first god (mizimu) to exist on earth and that he also rose from the waters of chaos hence his current name of Napolo.

Atum as a Human-Headed Cobra
- Brooklyn museum website 

The unofficial Wikipedia online encyclopaedia describes Atum as being the 'complete one' and also the finisher of the world, which he returns to watery chaos at the end of the creative cycle. 

Now Atum in the Heliopolitan creation myth, Atum was considered to be the “first god, having created himself, sitting on a mound (benben) (or identified with the mound itself), from the primordial waters (Nu).

In the Book of the Dead, which was still current in the Graeco-Roman period, the sun god Atum is said to have ascended from chaos-waters with the appearance of a snake, the animal renewing itself every morning…”

“Atum was a self-created deity, the first being to emerge from the darkness and endless watery abyss that existed before creation. A product of the energy and matter contained in this chaos, he created his children—the first deities, out of loneliness…and he’s also known as the finisher of the world,” further reads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atum 
Atum, finisher of the world online photo


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