Thursday, October 23, 2014

Of ancient Malawi’s Kuponda (Step On) similarities with Ancient Egypt’s King Khufu?

Is that an Orb or dust spot on the left side of the M’manga Mudzi mound photo?
This blog will once again share oral stories told to it not as endorsement but a small way of attempting to record never told before ancient Malawi history before the borders of many countries existed.
It was a time when monarchies ruled in kingdoms and king and queens existed in the physical and spiritual world in different belief systems.
Among those first ancient kings included Gumulanje also known as the destroyer said to have used magical powers during conflict where people would somehow disappear when fighting.
He’s said to be one of the spirits (mizimu) of the mythical side of Mulanje Mountain which healers considered to be like a pyramid which is a tomb.
Another is Namadzi whose name Ndiwonama is liar in English and some healers claim that name sounds like ancient Egypt’s King Narmer.
Others were Kasipe, Namakuno, Usiyeapite, Kalinje, Kalinde, Chambe, Mwala wa Nkhalamba and Kuponda whom myths also connect to the M’manga Mudzi (build the village) anthill tree and they also have names in other languages.
Kuponda whose name means stepped on is behind the ancient “kuponda” charms and is believed to have had a mythical ladder built as steps on his tomb to the afterlife just like what some claim is clearly on ancient Egypt’s King Khufu’s tomb.
The route and mythical journey was always believed to be water including routes to ancient mountains.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is also known as the Pyramid of Khufu or the Pyramid of Cheops and in Chichewa a monument on top of a grave or a mausoleum among others is known as Chiliza. The Giza pyramid complex is online describe as being “on the west bank of the Nile” just like some ancient Malawi routes in the Sapitwa ‘Book of the Dead.”  
Ancient Egypt mound photo taken from
Thousands of years ago in this ancient land today known as Malawi some no-nonsense kings ruled with an iron fist in a “spirit world” according to some Sapitwa healers who insist “Africa” was at first like a primeval mound and facing North.
North was also the direction of the mythical spirit called Tomasi Bona (Atom) who is said to have originated from the M’manga Mudzi mound which this blog has just learned is found at Sapitwa of Mulanje Mountain but somehow appeared on lower land in the district?
In their belief system and the Sapitwa ‘Book of the Dead’, the whole mountain was called “Sapitwa” meaning where no man goes and was the place for many spirits (mizimu) which entered through “Kuba” which is the healer’s name for Mt Namuli in Mozambique.
Internet photo of an upside down Africa
map not connected to this pos
When asked, a Kuba healer claimed the word “Namuli” in their belief system means my friend as in “nzanga iwe” or “bwenzi langa.”
Kuba is the place where they claim there is the mythical “nyanga ya kuba” which is horns/charms not for harming innocent people the way afiti (witches) do but for self-protection like in kukhwima rituals.
The word Chichewa word, kuba in English means to steal so that was the code healers used for the one who would come like a thief and catch people unawares in their belief system.
And that was the name for ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona (Atom) whom they believed could be found everywhere and globally but not as Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) who the ancestors said was up in the sky and beyond the Universe.
According to oral stories the ancestors feared the wrath of Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom they claimed would be the blowing of wind or tear drops.
Other names for Tomasi Bona (Atom) are Napolo, “Mbewula” signaling one should run away so fast at the sight of him to get him off and “Robert” whom some healers refer to as the Angel of Death in Chichewa or Azriel.
Bona seems to have several names in different languages.
This blog is not endorsing these beliefs but only sharing them as told through oral stories by a Malawian healer in the village.
Is this online statue of Osiris actually “Mbona Otsiriza”
whom Sapitwa healers talk about or the first Mbona
of the West with the word Magololo connected to him?
Now Tomasi Bona’s mythical but feared “nyangu ya kuba” was believed to be on the mountain of “Kuba”.
Another feared mountain involving the “spirits world” as in mizimu was Zimbabwe’s Mount Nyangani (formerly Inyangani) and other places there Sapitwa healers call “mwala wamizimu” which means the “Rock of the Spirits”.
According to them that was a place where the ancestors (makolo) would sniff tobacco (fudya) in the nose during nsembe (sacrifices).
There was also the first Mbona (Seer) as in being able to “see” who was from the West meaning where the sun sets.  This is the spirit (mizimu) known as Tagoneka Mbona meaning we have put to sleep Mbona.
The word “Magololo” was connected to this first Mbona but its meaning is not yet know.  In ancient times the word “sleep” also meant when a king from a royal family departed to the afterworld.
In the Sapitwa ‘Book of the Dead’, Kuba was believed to be the entry point after the “soul” as in mizimu travels through water to a ladder (makwelelo) made out of thread.
This ladder was believed to be like a stairway to the afterlife in their belief system which would somehow guide them to the place they were meant to go to.
In between the ladder would be two spirits (mizimu) who would guide where the “soul” should go in their belief system.
Anyway the healers believed that some were born of the spirits while others of man. Kuponda is one of those they claim to have been born of the spirits just like a few others today by those who believe in such Myths and Tales.
Kuponda who had a name which sounds “Kenes” and other words like “Seku” and “Tehe” connected to a land in the East, was known for kufuula rituals as the E in a man shouting of the ancient alphabet.
He was nicknamed by some healers as “kuponda dziko” meaning the one who stepped on the world and also as “kupinda dziko” meaning the one who twists things including words so that the initiated and those not chosen by the spirits cannot read or see.
The spirits at “Kuba” including Pikini Langwani (child, giant) were the ones known as “kumasula dziko” meaning freeing the world. Other terms included “kupelekeza mwana” literally meaning escorting the child but in reality Napolo moving through water.
Internet photo of Khufu’s pyramid taken from
And seleleka referred to the water going up on the mound like a mountain and flowing down in the “so as above as below” saying to mean spirits exist above and below in their belief system.
Chochepa chimakulitsidwa ndi kuima pamwamba anthu apansi azafuula ngati mphambe mpolowoni”.
In a nutshell it means a small thing is made big by standing on top and the people (anthu but mizimu like in spirits) below will shout like thunder mpolowani ((the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree)) which is like lightning.
This is the Chichewa/Chinyanja version of “As above so below” and vice versa associated with .
The ancestors of this ancient land also believed that spirits as in mzimu can be found everywhere including in water and on “sacred” mountains.
Now in the olden days some of these kings were believed to protect themselves with various charms to fight wars and prevent others from harming them through kukhwima rituals.
Besides that some of the ancient kings were also believed to have unique cups (chikho) and containers locally known as nsupa and made from the African Wine Kettle gourd. It required a secret process of 10 to get its power.
On its own the gourd is said to not have powers until the owner somehow magically washes it with magical blood to get its so-called feminine energy hence it having the hour-glass shape of a woman with beads on its “waist” so go some ancient myths and tales.
Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) Internet photo
These men are believed to have always tapped into feminine energy in their earlier days as they believed in opposites attracting in their spirituality to create light.
This was the gist of their saying that Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) has 7 spirits and of these 4 are male representing the positive force and 3 female representing the negative force to create Light or what is also known today as electricity.
Now Kuponda was one of the most feared chiefs and myths and tales talk of him lifting his little finger like a goat horn to deal with his enemies or those who tried to harm him. The movement of the fingers would imitate the horns of his nyanga kit which were usually 10.
Now the little finger would represent the goat horn with less hair on it while the finger next to it would represent the ram horn which are curved and the shape of that one when trying to lift it up. They call it nkhosa which is also translated into English as sheep but with horns (nyanga).
The middle finger which is usually swearing in western cultures in ancient Malawi represented the hidden hyena (fisi) horn and symbolize bad luck while the index and pointing finger represented the other goat horn and symbolized the male organ and throwing a curse to dry up things among others.
Sapitwa healers also say the thumb represented the horns of a cow (ng’ombe) which is most likely a bull or African Buffalo Bull and meant all is well. It’s bent shape in the eyes of the ancestors represented the bent horns of a bull and they apparently played with these signs and associated them with beasts (chirombo).
In ancient Malawi 10 fingers represented
10 horns of nyanga rituals
Some of these mythical beasts are said to guard Sapitwa and other mountains in the Sub-Saharan region including the one local healers nicknamed “Kuba.”
These are some of the royal spirits (mizimu) of Sapitwa, Kuba and other mountains. In ancient Egypt such spirits of kings and women were called gods and goddesses.
And the main 7 winged spirit were represented by the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi):
Tomasi Bona                                         –     North (Kumpoto) 
Tagoneka Mbona                                  –     West (Kumadzulo)
Chandiona Gonekela                             –      South ( Kumwera)
Nthanda mwana wa mwezi [Nandi]      –    East (Kum’mawa)
And their meanings?:
Tomasi Bona                          Atom =  the whole world in the hands/feast
Tagoneka Mbona               Magololo = Like put to sleep
Chandiona Gonekela           Nguluwe bush pig = It’s seen me, put to sleep
Nthanda/Nthandi mwana wa mwezi  = Sirius star like in nthanda yaku m’mawa African cross and child of the moon
Others were:
Chinsinsi (secret) like in ChInSInSi (IsisSungamwana  – Keep the child who was Tomasi Bona on her back and behind her and covered by the veil
Dziwe Ntambamwana  – which this blog incorrectly identified as the witchcraft pool is actually a Chinyanja phrase to mean “Kusula” as in “sharpening one’s mind” or “enlightenment”. It comes from the way after childbirth a baby is briefly taken away from a mother and she is left alone which healers refer to as Ntamba.
Ironically ancient Egyptians also believed that at one time “all the great gods and goddesses lived upon earth, and that they ruled Egypt in much the same way as the Pharaohs with whom they were more or less acquainted. They went about among men and took a real personal interest in their affairs, and, according to tradition, they spared no pains in promoting their wishes and well-being.”
Representing 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi)
of North, South, West and East
“Their rule was on the whole beneficent, chiefly because in addition to their divine attributes they possessed natures, and apparently bodily constitutions that were similar to those of men.  “Like men also they were supposed to feel emotions and passions, and to be liable to the accidents that befell men, and to grow old, and even to die. The greatest of all the gods was Rā, and he reigned over Egypt for very many years.
“His reign was marked by justice and righteousness, and he was in all periods of Egyptian history regarded as the type of what a king should be. When men instead of gods reigned over Egypt they all delighted to call themselves sons of Rā, and every king believed that Rā was his true father, and regarded his mother’s husband as his father only in name.
”This belief was always common in Egypt, and even Alexander the Great found it expedient to adopt it, for he made a journey to the sanctuary of Amen (Ammon) in the Oasis of Sīwāh in order to be officially acknowledged by the god. Having obtained this recognition, he became the rightful lord of Egypt,” writes author E. A. Wallis Budge in his book ‘The Literature of the Ancient Egyptians’ posted on
More information about ancient kings will be revealed as soon as more information is made available.

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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.