Monday, September 8, 2014

Of the last ancient Malawi creation myths, atoms and 'bush science'

This blog will no longer be revealing secrets told by a few female Sapitwa healers about ancient Malawi’s gods and goddesses locally known as mizimu because the rest is not for the public to know.
As more books, drawings and writings are being revealed by the healers, this blog can only research and memorize the contents.
So all the author of this blog can do is to thank all for reading the little ancient myths and tales she tried to share with the world and hope it will inspire others to also write their own myths and tales in future.
So here goes my last post revealing Sapitwa secrets thanks to Mbona healers:

The Primordial Mound locally known as the M’manga Mudzi anthill tree (chulu) somewhere in a remote village of Malawi stands out in the bush with three distinct trees growing out of it.
Hidden under it are ancient secrets of ancient times including a rumoured golden African wine kettle gourd locally known as Nsupa used by some powerful ancient kings and the only woman of ancient Malawi history to use one.

There are also some treasures of ancient kings said to be hidden in there with specific instructions that it must never be opened.

Now these kings are not the ones we know today but mizimu as in spirits or gods in the afterlife including one female goddess if this blog may call her that for lack of a better word.
Now this goddess is said to have gotten something from that mpingo tree which gave her power.  The said tree is also said to have been the one where a certain powerful spirit of ancient Malawi sprang from and the seeds of his “offspring”. 
This blog will not go into detail how that was done but only reveal that it was similar to an ancient Egypt creation myth freely posted on many websites online.
Throughout the world there are various myths and tales about creation and African countries and various ancient cultures and religions have not been spared.
Ancient Egypt mound photo taken from
This blog can only share oral stories told by some Sapitwa healers with permission but not as an endorsement but only a way of telling a story never told before.
Although many of the ancestors of this continent believed in Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God), unlike us for some reason they did not believe that one can know God personally so they would go through their ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo) whom they felt were closer to the Creator in their spirit form.
For unknown reasons, some ancestors of this ancient land believed that only reincarnations of gods and goddesses including Mbona in the afterlife go to the place where the Creator is while the rest join the underworld on earth but in a different astral realm.
Some would also go through winged spirits (mizimu) who have never been human to send messages and requests to the Creator whom they believed was up and beyond the sun in a far place.
Now the winged spirits who roamed the earth were viewed as “gods” and were also believed to have their own powers but not stronger than the Creator.
It’s because of these winged spirits that some rituals were performed with the gist of them being intimate acts which this blog cannot share with the public to avoid offending many fellow Malawians.
Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) of North, South, West and East
However this blog can reveal that there is a medical sign known as a caduceus which explains the exchange of power between one powerful ancient Malawi spirit and a woman.
The name of the powerful spirit (mizimu) of ancient Malawi was Tomasi Bona of the North wind responsible for black clouds and rain in various local myths.
Tomasi Bona was nicknamed Atom or atomu and his name meant he had the world in his hands and feast.  He was also known as Mbewula which for local healers means to run away so fast or get away.
They use that term because they claim Tomasi Bona is the strongest and most powerful of the seven earthly spirits in their oral tales.  He is the ancient elderly spirit with white hair which used to appear at Dziwe la Nkhalamba with clothes in various oral stories villagers in Mulanje talk about.
However they say Tomasi Bona is not Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom they say is up above and beyond the sun in a place where mortal beings cannot go.
The other mizimu (spirits) are Tagoneka Mbona of the West, Chandiona Goneka of the South and Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East.
Internet photo of scientific positive and negative charges
All these spirits involve maths and equations but the ancient Malawi equation does not include Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God).
The Creator for them remained hidden and they went through spirits to send messages including ancestral spirits and their deceased kings whom they thought became like gods. 
Now the mythical 7 mizimu of ancient Malawi were the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+):
Tomasi Bona (Atom…world in his hands, feast) – North wind 
Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona..I see) – West and sunset
Chandiona Gonekela (it’s seen me put to sleep) – South wind
Nthanda mwana wa mwezi [Nthandi] (Sirius, child of the moon) – East 
And the mythical negative charge ones (-) of water were:
Sungamwana – Keep the child
Dziwe Ntambamwana – Witchcraft pool
Ife Zonse – All of us
Now all these were drawn like this done with ufa woyera (refined white maize flour) or mapira like in sorghum but they were drawn straighter than what this blog has drawn here at a right angle. 
So from this one can do the math to calculate something similar to:
“I am One that transforms
into Two
I am Two that transforms
into Four
I am Four that transforms
into Eight
After this I am One,” about ancient Egypt’s Atum.
In ancient Egypt there was: 
  1. Shu (Air)
    2. Tefnut (Moisture)
    3. Geb (Earth)
    4. Nut (Sky)
and the four mythical ancient Egypt Netcherwy said to “have given birth to four other Netcherwy were:
  1. Ausar (the Principle of Omnipotence) also known as Osiris
    6. Aset (Female Complement of Ausar) also known as Isis
    7. Set (Principle of Opposition)
    8. Nebt-Het (Female Complement of Set)”, further reads
Now Tomasi Bona leads the four positive charged ones of the mountain and three negative ones of water but they rotate with one negative energy one doing good.
The four positive male charges are said to pull the three negative female ones to produce Light say healers.  This bush science is also used to explain lightning and how the mythical four winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) work.
This is the reason why Sungamwana (keep the child) of the three female negative charged ones was said to do good unlike Dziwe Ntambamwana who is said to be in the pool of Dziwe la Nkhalamba which is also viewed as a place for ziwanda (demons) who in myths guard the entrance to the other world somewhere on a rock there.
Ancient Egypt online drawings from the ‘
Book of the Dead’ also shared on the British Museum website
This blog has seen some drawings and books which explain the myths and tales and can only say it’s similar to the ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead.
This is not the world where Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) was believed to be as Creator of the universe which for the ancestors did not only include earth.
The underworld or other world captured in some drawings shows myths and tales of a place were mizimu gods and goddesses are while the ancestral ones (mizimu yamakolo) where believed to be in different places.
The nyanga ancestral spirits were believed to become spirits depicting animals while the ones that did not practice magic were believed to appear as human beings but in a spirit form with bent and wobbly legs go some oral stories which this blog is not endorsing.
From an ancient Egypt point of view, Rita Lucarelli online in an article titled ‘The guardian-demons of the Book of the Dead’ wrote that “among the encounters of the deceased during his journey, a special place is given to those creatures who watch over certain passages that are represented as gates, portals and doors; these encounters are described in BD 144–147 (Fig. 1). Doors and door-watchers of the netherworld are also the theme of other ancient Egyptian funerary compositions.”
“For example the Book of Gates and the Book of the Night. On a broader perspective, the central role that demonic beings play for the protection of sacred liminal places located between earth and the netherworld is also well attested in other religions, be it that of ancient Mesopotamia, or modern Buddhism and Hinduism. Nonetheless, the manner in which the deceased personally interacts with the guardians of the doors, and in most of the cases engages in a direct dialogue with them, is unique to Book of the Dead spells.
“From an ontological point of view, I would define these guardian-figures as ‘demons,’ namely supernatural beings which mediate between gods and mankind. Although the term nTr or its hieroglyphic determinatives can designate the inhabitants of the netherworld and in particular the door-guardians, I think it is possible to distinguish the guardians from the gods of the official pantheon. 
"As a matter of fact, the ancient Egyptian demons possess supernatural powers like the gods, but, in general, they have rather specific tasks and often their action is the consequence of the gods’ will,” further writes Lucarelli in  
Online ancient Egyptian ‘Book of the Dead’

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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.