Friday, December 5, 2014

Ancient Malawi’s Mbona was ‘buried’ in ‘Sambani Chulu’ (anthill)

“Paul Theroux in The Lower River: A Novel (Boston & New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012) (“‘… Remember this. When your rival stands on an anthill, never say ‘I have caught you’ until you are up there yourself.’  NYT Book Review, Sunday, 5/20/2012.)”http://justsomereadings.blogspot.com/2012_07_01_archive.html

M'manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi believed to be the place where Mlauli buried Mbona
M’manga Mudzi, Mpolowoni anthill tree/mound in Malawi believed to be the place where Mlauli ‘buried’ Mbona. It was the secret foundation for ancient kings in the area to symbolize building a village and strength

A white light flashing like the sun and resembling lightning hits the roof of a building on a bright hot October day in Malawi as a young woman approaches the building almost tripping in the process.
As the brightness of the light in a flash temporarily blinds her eyes she looks down and is suddenly confused with red spots that resemble blood appearing on the dusty ground before a mysterious watchman grabs her arm before she hits the ground.
She looks into his pigeon shaped eyes, smooth dark skin with a well shaped beard with hidden dreadlocks under his huge fedora looking brown hat.
Suddenly in her mind she sees the letters MBONA flashing…and before she make sense of it all the man through the flash of a bright white light in so-called folklore…disappears!

Official Mbono Illustration taken from Ulendo series book for Standard 8
Official Mbono Illustration taken from Ulendo series book for Standard 8

And this blog continues revealing the ancient secrets of Mbona not as an endorsement but just repeating oral stories and tales as told by a Sapitwa priestess (nsembe).
Mbona was a legendary rain maker with superhuman powers who lived in Nsanje.  He had knowledge of medicine and magic, and he had a gift bestowed onto him from the heavens to govern the rains.
Apart from bringing rain, he could also create wells of water on sandy lands, create forests where they did not exist and hide from enemies by turning into other creatures such as guinea fowls. He had a wife named Salima who almost always stayed in the compound, only visited by elderly women and children. She ventured on a few occasions to some villages assisting Mbona on matters of divinity.
Mbona’s uncle Mlauli, who was also a conjurer resented his nephew and wanted to kill Mbona because of his extraordinary abilities. Mlauli, however, failed to kill his nephew because Mbona wished to die on his own accord.
He told Mlauli and his enemies to cut his throat with a reed after other weapons had failed to harm him. Thus this was his was his fate. It is said that His head was cut and placed at Khulubvi sacred grove, writes Aku Kalizangoma on his blog. http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html

Sacrifice to Mbona photo taken from http://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html
Sacrifice to Mbona photo taken from Aku Kalizangoma’s bloghttp://exploremalawi.blogspot.com/2013/02/how-to-make-it-rain-malawian-ancestral.html

Oral history also talks of Mbona’s head being buried at Ndione “where it sprouted a river to this day that flows into the Shire River”, says one Facebook source from the area but the whereabouts of the body have been vague until now if information from Sapitwa healers is anything to go by.
“Mlauli drew his kandalanga dagger to stab Mbona, but its blade bent as if it were something utterly soft. He thought that he could cut Mbona’s throat like a chicken’s but Mbona told him mockingly,“Uncle, when your rival stands on an anthill, never say ‘I have caught you’ until you are up there yourself.”
He went on, saying, “If you want to kill me do not bring against me anything made of iron as an arrowhead or spears and knives. Those have no power over me as I’ve eaten medicine against them.
“Instead, use the sliver of a maize stalk or the leaf of a reed: those are the things dreadful to me.  You will see that I die like a chicken.  However uncle when I’m dead, I beseech you to bury m head at Khulubvi where I ended my journey.
River of blood
But my body is to be buried here, ” – wrote Fr J. M. Schoffeleer in his book ‘River of Blood: The Genesis of a Martyr Cult in Southern Malawi c. A.D. 1600′ about “Mbona’s death.”
If Mbona’s head was buried at Khulubvi then on which anthill was his body buried this blog asks many authors, scholars, historians and experts in ancient asing’anga (traditional healers) like Mbona of royal blood.
It remains a mystery why Fr J. M. Schoffeleer and those who wrote about Mbona for reasons best known to themselves only wrote where Mbona’s head was buried but not his body yet the author clearly states in his book that he was buried in an anthill which is also known as a termite mound and that he used medicine.
This blog can reveal that when Mbona said when one stands on an anthill they’re untouchable he was talking about “sambani chulu” which is only found at Sapitwa and not Khulubvi.
Mbona sourced Sambani Chulu from Mpolowani (the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) which is held upwards and bathed in so that those with nyanga charms could not touch him.
It is also drawn as an E in the man shouting of the 3200 BC African alphabet.

Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken from http://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8
Mpolowoni (Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) photo taken fromhttp://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/image-display.php?species_id=143340&image_id=8

This tree was believed to make his skin (khungu) as slippery as a tortoise (kamba).
Mpolowani and Sambani Chulu also played a role in the area where the Tomasi Bona (Atom) meteorite or asteroid known as Nthanda fell in the EAST in Mulanje and the source of the M’manga Mudzi anthill/termite mound.
Other names given to this spirit are Napolo, Mbewula as in run away so fast or get away from me and Robert.
Other meteorites or asteroids included the nameless one of the NORTH falling in Kumbasa, Tagoneka Mbona falling in Dima or Midima and Chinsinsi Sungamwana (ChInSInSi sounds like Isis) in the SOUTH which is South Africa but this blog is not sure about the crater or the presence of gold there.
Tagoneka Mbona was the winged spirit believed to have been born through a woman called Nyangu and it’s his head that is believed to have been buried at Khulubvi.

Tortoise (kamba) Internet photo....Mbona's skin (khungu) was likened to a tortoise when he took 'sambani chulu'...it will become like elastic so go oral tales
Winged spirits locally known as mizimu were different from ancestral spirits locally known as mizimu yamakolo.
Some ancestors believed some ancient royal spirits could be re-born through a woman by somehow implanting themselves in their womb. It was believed that a spirit could only become man by being born of a woman.
Tomasi Bona was also believed to become man when born of a woman and also to be at the centre of the 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) which in oral Myths and Tales were put in one place as Chivomerezo (agreement).
Now this blog is not talking about the biblical 4 winds in the Holy Bible’s Book of Revelation but the mythical ancient Sapitwa ones.

Biblical 4 winds: "The prophecy found in Revelation Chapter Seven. The truth about the 144,000 and the Great Multitude in pictorial format" taken from http://perfectpropheticart.com/?portfolio=holding-the-four-winds-3
Biblical 4 winds: “The prophecy found in Revelation Chapter Seven. The truth about the 144,000 and the Great Multitude in pictorial format” taken from http://perfectpropheticart.com/?portfolio=holding-the-four-winds-3

And the Sapitwa priestess talks of a river called Tambani which was believed to be like an “oracle” of future events as it would change colour from blue to black and when it was red it meant bad news in oral myths and tales.
Other Malawi healers talk of the Ruo River and nearby ones changing colours or drying up which they attribute to mizimu (spirits).
According to this blog’s Sapitwa mythology, in the beginning there was a world of spirits for an unknown time maybe millions of years including the winged ones which have never been human and those who went on to occupy other “worlds” including earth.
On earth the spirit (mizimu) said to have existed in the beginning was Tomasi Bona (atom) or a word which sounds like atomic mass.
He’s said to have originated elsewhere into a primordial mound/anthill as electrical energy with water bodies below since in the beginning they believed there was water and spirits which lived in water because for them termite mounds are a good indicator of ground water.
From there he is said to have exploded like lightning into other spirits in twos and this lightning was throughout the new created world.

Falls and Rapids on River Ruo, Malawi. February 1908. - Society of Malawi taken from http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Falls_and_Rapids_on_River_Ruo,_Malawi._February_1908..jpg
Falls and Rapids on River Ruo, Malawi. February 1908. – Society of Malawi taken fromhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Falls_and_Rapids_on_River_Ruo,_Malawi._February_1908..jpg

Under the M’manga mudzi anthill tree or mound there was said to be several water bodies which healers refer to as Nyanja and inside that mound the Tomasi Bona spirit is believed to look like an elderly man (munthu) who evolved from a serpent spirit in oral tales.
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, mainly mpolowoni, m’manga mudzi, and msamba mwana.
Now mpolowoni is the main tree and udindo (responsibility of ancient Malawi’s first winged spirit called Tomasi Bona (atom). M’manga mudzi is the one used for kusilika grounds before some sacred dances by digging it into the dirt they say while msamba mwana is used during childbirth.
According to a plant expert, mpolowoni in English is known as the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree and its family name is Umbelliferae.
A female healer in the village in Mulanje says mpolowoni is some kind of “bush” science.
“Chochepa chimakulitsidwa ndi kuima pamwamba anthu apansi azafuula ngati mphambe mpolowoni,” she explains.

What is the meaning of this "Tarot Card" in Western nations for as above so below online may I ask?   Is it good or bad?
What is the meaning of this “Tarot Card” in Western nations for as above so below online may I ask? Is it good or bad?

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 which is like lightning.
The above Chichewa saying also briefly means “as above so below.”
Some of our ancestors believed that mpolowani is like lightning in a zigzag from above to hit the ground like “fire” with positive and negative charges hence their “primitive” beliefs that mizimu (spirits) operate or appear with lightning.
So the priestess would symbolically hold the mpolowani upward while the other hand was pointing downwards.  This position might be global as it is evident in some painting and statues throughout the world.

Is this statue used as a decoration at a certain Game Reserve in the Sadc region representing the ancient Chinsinsi (secret) meaning of "As above, so below" drawn as an E in the man shouting of the 3200 BC African alphabet?
Is this statue used as a decoration at a certain Game Reserve in the Sadc region representing the ancient Chinsinsi (secret) meaning of “As above, so below” drawn as an E in the man shouting of the 3200 BC African alphabet?

Now the ancestors claimed that before Mbona, one of the mythical 7 winged spirits of ancient Malawi appeared there would be a white bright light that would blind the eyes and by the time one opened them they would see him.
Now within the mythical 7 mizimu (spirits) of ancient Malawi were the mythical 4 winds of Sapitwa (mphepo zinayi) and Mount Mulanje among others which were a positive charge (+).  The first 4 positive charges were:
  1. Tomasi Bona (atom, world in his hands, feast) of the North Wind
  2. Tagoneka Mbona (we’ve put to sleep Mbona, see) of the West Wind
  3. Chandiona Goneka (it’s seen me put to sleep) of the South Wind
  4. Nthanda mwana wa mwezi, Nandi (Sirius, child of the moon)
And the 3 negative charges (-) pulling with the 4 to make light were:
  1. Sungamwana (keep the child)
  2. Dziwe Ntambamwana (magic pool)
  3. Ife Zonse ( all of us)
 So there is Tomasi Bona as the Atom and One and his 4 children of Kuba (Mt Namuli) who are:
  1. Pikini Langwani (little child, giant) of the North like the direction where Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) is
  2. Biton of the East to mean the star like Sirius
  3. The Hidden woman Nyangu of the South to mean where water comes out
  4. The Hidden female Nyangu spirit of the West to mean the darkness , black cloud and all that can’t see
And the 2 out of 7 spirits above revealed to this blog are Mikolo Njinjinji (ritual of the African sacred Ibis) and Kabadula whose nickname is Kaba taken from the word Kabudula meaning shorts.
Other critical mizimu (spirits) are the 4 Maliya ones also known asMalira (to cry) whose healers sometimes call themselves Dr Mariaor Dr Maliya.  The 4 ancient Maliya spirits of Malawi history from the South were NyanguDziwe NtambamwanaChinsisi Sungamwana and Teteza (Protect) and they were all ‘wives’ to Tomasi Bona, a polygamist.

Face of elderly Tomasi Bona drawing online defined as a "Unit Circle" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_circle
Face of elderly Tomasi Bona drawing online defined as a “Unit Circle”http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unit_circle

 All these are today drawn by some healers using ufa woyera (refined white maize flour) or mapira like in sorghum at a right angle.
The simple maths these uneducated village women calculated involve Tomasi Bona (atom) as the mythical one winged spirit (mizimu) below in the mount splitting into 2 to make 4 which includes the one spirit from above and then splitting into another 2 to make 6 and finally another 2 to make a total of 8 with 1 above and 7 below.

Bush maths explaining how ancient Malawi's Tomasi Bona (atom) evolved from one to eight mizimu (spirits)
Bush maths explaining how ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona (atom) evolved from one to eight mizimu (spirits)

For them mizimu (spirits) always split into or form into twos like pigeons (nkhunda) whom they claim are always born in twos with a male and female creating an opposite charge of positive and negative with One and Two being the important numbers of ancient Malawi’s Tomasi Bona.
This blog is investigating to see if ancient Malawi’s “bush” science is similar to the equation E=MC2 first demonstrated on paper by Albert Einstein in 1905 which proved how much energy is locked up in matter.

Internet photo
Internet photo

“The nucleus of any atom is an oven of intense radiation, and when you open the oven door, that energy spills out; often times violently,” further reads http://www.davidreneke.com/a-fun-way-of-understanding-emc2/#

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