Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Of ancient Malawi's secret Nyenyezi.....stars, comets and asteroids?

Internet photo not conected to this blog:
“Astrophotographer Damian Peach captures Siding Spring
(green smudge at lower-centre) on approach to Mars (saturated star-like object)”
A recently discovered comet on Sunday, October 19, 2014 whizzed past Mars, giving scientists a unique chance to study an object from the farthest reaches of the Solar System.
The comet, known as Siding Spring, raced past Mars at 56km per second (125,000mph), missing it by 139,500 km.
Siding Spring comes from the Oort Cloud – a spherical region of space far beyond the planets. Researchers believe the comet is very little altered from the time of its formation more than 4.5 billion years ago”, the BBC reported.
This blog now shares some ancient “bush science” about nyenyezi (stars) and rocks (mwala) and mountains (phiri) as told by “uneducated” Sapitwa/Kuba healers through oral stories not as an endorsing but after being inspired by the strange wonders happening in the Universe.
It’s the month of October, the 10th one in the current one but the 8th in the ancient Sapitwa calendar as some healers who study the stars await for one expected to fall in a certain area.
They claim when stars would fall to the East of the Sirius Star that would mean the birth of a new king while those that fell to the West of darkness would mean the departure of one into the afterlife.
In ancient Malawi beliefs, the Sirius Star was called Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (child of the moon) and that is the name of the spirit (mizimu) they believed controlled the East.
The spirit of the West was known as Tagoneka Mbona meaning “we have put to sleep Mbona” and one of ancient Malawi’s “sacred” three.
Internet Sirius photo not connected to this post but to show the
African cross like shape when it shines

Now this Tagoneka Mbona with a protruding right eye from where the sun sets sounds very similar to ancient Egypt's Osiris also said to be of the West.
Tagoneka means sleep in Chichewa/Chinyanja but also a phrase used when ancient kings departed to the afterlife. The spirits (mizimu) just like ancestral spirits (mizimu yamakolo) were believed to guide the living from the other “spiritual world.”
These are the spirits online sources define as “gods” and “goddesses”. Mbona which means to see and is a title is also said to mean a Seer and Mbona Otsiriza is believed to be the last born Osiris.
Such spirits from the beginning were believed to “reincarnate” into modern man by being born of a woman.
Internet photo not connected to this blog:
Asteroid 1950 DA. Photo credit: NASA
“You are crowned lord of the West after having governed Egypt and the inhabitants of the Earth –Sarcophagus Texts, Formula 44 (CT I, 189f-g) (Middle Kingdom)
The traditional image of Osiris sitting, wearing his Atef crown, with the crook (heqa) and the flail (nekhakha) crossed on his chest, often surrounded by his sisters Isis and Nephthys, as seen on the funeral papyrus vignettes, a reminder that before reigning over “the west”, meaning in the beyond, the god indeed governed, according to the legend, the world of the living”, further reads http://www.osirisnet.net/dieux/osiris/e_osiris_mathieu.htm
And the spirit of the South was known as Chinsinsi Sungamwana (ChInSInSi like Isis) of the water and this female spirit was believed to be of water and when such waters met the North it was believed to cause a flood.
Such spirits were also believed to “reincarnate” into women by mysteriously “entering” the womb of a chosen mother.  These kind of women were usually grouped as Nyangu among many other titles.
Nyangu means manthongo which in English is the crust around the eyes or thin mucus that dries up around the eye when one wakes up or has an eye infection and looks like dried tears.
Maybe its scientific name is Rheum.  Ancient Egyptians believed that the Nile flooded every year because of Isis’s’s tears of sorrow for her dead husband, Osiris.
Is this online statue of Osiris actually “Mbona Otsiriza” whom Sapitwa healers talk about?
And in Malawi the healers using their ten month calendar began celebrating the appearance of Sirius at the stroke of midnight on December 31 during the rainy season in preparation for new crops and fruit trees after planting.  January was their tenth and final month of their calendar year.
According to various online sources, heavy rains are part of life in Malawi during December and January. These two months fall in the middle of the rainy season, which runs from November to March.
“Though not quite predictable as the rain, flash flooding is common in the river valleys of southern Malawi during the rainy season,” further reads http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/NaturalHazards/view.php?id=15915
“The Egyptian year was divided into the three seasons of Akhet (Inundation), Peret (Growth) and Shemu (Harvest). Akhet covered the Egyptian flood cycle. This cycle was so consistent that the Egyptians timed its onset using the heliacal rising of Sirius, the key event used to set their calendar.
“The first indications of the rise of the river may be seen at the first of the cataracts of the Nile (at Aswan) as early as the beginning of June, and a steady increase goes on until the middle of July, when the increase of water becomes very great.
“The Nile continues to rise until the beginning of September, when the level that remains stationary for a period of about three weeks, sometimes a little less. In October it rises again, and reaches its highest level. From this period it begins to subside, and though it rises yet once more and reaches occasionally its former highest point, it sinks steadily until the month of June when it is again at its lowest level, reads http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flooding_of_the_Nile
And the third spirit was Tomasi Bona (Atom) locally known as Napolo of the North wind.  This mythically serpent spirit was believed to move with water from the south which is the spirit of Sungmwana (keep the child) and cause floods, landslides, earthquakes and cyclones among other things.
M’manga Mudzi mound 
Bona was the finisher, completer and All and Nothing but not Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) beyond the sun of the Universe believed the ancestors of this ancient land Malawi.
He was believed to come from the M’manga Mudzi termite mound to create seven spirits from there and originated from a nyenyezi (star) which exploded which is most likely a comet.
This Tomasi Bona (Atom) spirit  known as the Hidden One as he’s carried on the back of Sungamwana and not seen unless one peeks behind her is similar to ancient Egypt’s “Atum Ra, Aten Amen”.
He’s the bird of fire like a phoenix or benu of ancient Egypt.
In Malawi, mpolowoni besides being used as a toy gun by children because of the sound it makes, was also used as a symbol for fire and lightning by some ancient priests and priestesses responsible for nsembe (sacrifices and offerings).
It’s through this lightning in a termite mound where the other mythical 6 spirits with Tomasi Bona (Atom) as the 7th came into being.
Finger ground drawing of Napolo’s ancient name which is Tomasi Bona….
meaning the beginner and finisher like in complete
These were different from Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) whom the ancestors believed was up above and beyond the sun and not on earth.
Tomasi Bona’s name means something like the whole world in his hands and feast drawn with a circle and cross which in English would probably be the equivalent of “All and Nothing”.
The other 6 spirits with Tomasi Bona of the North Wind as the seventh are the 4 positive male charges of Tagoneka Mbona of the West Wind, Chandiona Goneka of the South Wind, Nthanda mwana wa mwezi of the East (Sirius, child of the moon) and the three negative female charges of Sungamwana (keep the child) and Dziwe Ntambamwana (witchcraft pool) and Ife Zonse (All of us).
According to the oral tales, this projection was always in 2s with a man and a woman just like pigeons (nkhunda) come in 2s claim healers.
Rameron Pigeons, Chelinda (Nyika Plateau)
not connected to this story taken from
Now this Tomasi Bona is said to have 4 heads (mutu) from which he projected himself from the One. These include Pikinini Langwani of “Kuba” (Mt Namuli) which healers translate as child and giant and Biton.
This blog will still not reveal the other 2 female names so they remain hidden for now but they are both Nyangus.
From those 4 heads are 3 others said to be at Machemba on Mulanje Mountain and these are Khumbi, Nthipe and Mpingo.
So there is Tomasi Bona as the Atom and One and his 4 children who are:
Pikini Langwani of the North like the direction where Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) is Biton of the East to mean the star like Sirius
The Hidden woman Nyangu of the South to mean where water comes out. The Hidden female Nyangu spirit of the West to mean the darkness , black cloud and all that can’t see.
Now there is a suggestion that Tomasi Bona of the North could have also be present in ancient Egypt.

“I am Ta-Tenen as the primeval mound, I’m the breath of life which emerged from the throat of the Benu bird. I am Re in whom Atum appeared in the primeval naught, infinity, darkness and nowhere.
“I am Atum!  When I came into being I rose up as a High Promodial Hill, I shone as the Benben Stone in the Temple of the Phoenix.  I am Atum-Kheper Ra, I became high on the height, I rose up as a benben in the Mansion of the Benu”, reads various internet sources.
“I am the god in his shrine, the lord of slaughter who calms the storm, who drives off the serpents, the many-named who comes forth from his shrine, the lord of winds who foretells the north wind, many-named in the mouth of the ennead…
“For I am a blessed spirit, equipped with otherworldly knowledge; I shall pass by the fearful ones – they cannot speak the spell which is on the end of the book-roll; they cannot speak for fear of him whose name is concealed, who is within my body…” further reads http://blkrootsworker.blogspot.com/2012/02/aspects-of-ra.html
Ancient Malawi had a Concealed One known by many names including Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) as in the Great Bow, Creator, Thunder to describe His power but this blog cannot reveal what the ancient Malawi name was.
Atum, finisher of the world online photo
Our ancestors believed that many of the worldly royal spirits and their healers and the creation of earth originated from various stars from their version of the “heavens” which was beyond the sun way up in the sky.
Now the “falling stars” locally known as nyenyezi are also believed to be some kind of “lucky stars” which some healers use for making a unique mankhwala amwayi (good luck charms) if information sought from a Mozambican healer is anything to go by.
They claim to know how the stars operate and when those in October will fall within their area or near which sounds like Orionids.
“When it falls the place shines like a light and we rush and scrape the rock which later fumes with smoke,” claims one male Mozambican healer in an interview.
This is different from what some “Kuba” female healers who trek to the  mythical side of Mt Namuli in Mozambique claim to do.  “Kuba” is a nickname Malawian healers give the Mozambique mountain they claim has zirombo (creatures).
Such female healers claim stars are somehow given to them from the sky and they use a basket like thing to “catch” them.
Internet photo of Comet Ison which Kuba healers
call a falling star (nyenyezi)
“We hold this basket up and the star comes with its tentacle looking things so we remove one,” claims on healer.
Since the late 1990s, the healers also talk of a mountain like rock and the sun (dzuwa) falling towards earth to meet water which sounds like an asteroid. Like some Malawi healers, scientists also talk of a huge asteroid which might collide with the Earth so they’re trying to stop it and avoid “potentially wiping out human life.”
Researchers at the University of Tennessee studied asteroid 1950 DA, which first became infamous in 2002 when astronomers estimated it had a one in 300 chance of hitting the planet on 16 March, 2880.
However, the odds of a collision were later revised to a more reassuring one in 4,000..
“The asteroid has a diameter of one kilometre and is travelling at nine miles a second relative to the Earth, which it would hit at 38,000 miles per hour.
“The impact would have a force of around 44,800 megatonnes of TNT and cause a huge explosion, tsunamis and change the climate of the globe, devastating human life.
“But with 35 generations to go until its possible arrival, scientists are confident that the disaster can be averted. The University of Tennessee researchers said 1950 DA is rotating so quickly it “defies gravity” and is held together by cohesive forces, called van der Waals, never before detected on an asteroid”, reads part of the findings, published in the science journal Nature posted onhttp://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/huge-asteroid-that-could-end-the-world-is-defying-gravity-as-it-moves-towards-earth-scientists-say-9670910.html
Orionid Meteor Shower photo not
related to this post taken from 
However online sources stress that falling stars locally known as nyenyezi by Sapitwa/Kuba healers or shooting stars have nothing to do with stars.
“These amazing streaks of light you can sometimes see in the night sky are caused by tiny bits of dust and rock called meteoroids falling into the Earth’s atmosphere and burning up.
“The short-lived trail of light the burning meteoroid produces is called a meteror. Meteors are commonly called falling stars or shooting stars. If any part of the meteoroid survives burning up and actually hits the Earth, the remaining bit is then called a meteorite.
“At certain times of the year, you are likely to see a great number of meteors in the night sky.  These events are called meteor showers and they occur when the Earth passes through the trail of debris left by a comet as it orbits the Sun”.
Great Comet of 1861 photo taken fromhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C/1861_J1

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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.