Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Of Y and F in ancient Africa alphabet... Napolo, mpolowani and two fish?

Mpolowani (the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) from the
 M’manga Mudzi termite mound some healers claim protects
 them from nyanga (horns, charms) “attacks”
A Mpolowani branch (the Steganotaenia Araliacea) looks like the letter representing Y and most likely also F in an ancient African alphabet.
It’s shape is said to resemble lightning and tree branches.
Mpolowani also represented two triangles…one above, and the other below to draw the Sirius with fire as the tree was also associated with fire.
This was in the same way two cupped hands scooped fire from themafuwa traditional three stone cooking place to place on the chest (chifuwa) to also mean Sirius.
And this symbol was also a HOOK, not only as the metal object but to hook or catch a person but in ancient Malawi’s oral tales, a woman who was associated with water and fish in the spiritual realm.
It’s a fact that fishing for a large amount of fish using traditional means in Lake Malawi is sometimes not easy at times and requires strong fishermen to pull in the huge catch in the net.
Chambo, the most popular fish in Malawi - Internet photo
Chambo, the most popular fish in Malawi – Internet photo
This is because they have to fight the “weight” of the water or something, to bring in their expected heavy load of fish for the day.
Strangely in ancient times some men would just put their hands in the water and manage to capture plenty of fish which would somehow just appear says a female Sapitwa priestess (nsembe).
Mpolowani (the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) from the M'manga Mudzi termite mound (chulu) locally known as "Sambani chulu" believed to protect healers from nyanga (horns, charms) "attacks"
Mpolowani (the Steganotaenia Araliacea tree) from the M’manga Mudzi termite mound (chulu) locally known as “Sambani chulu” believed to protect healers from nyanga (horns, charms) “attacks”
She stresses these men would consult the “spirits” of the water who would somehow give the fish to them so all they would have to do is put their hands in the water like a magnet go some oral Malawi stories sourced by this blogger.
Of these fish Chambo and Matemba with one thorn (minga) like in a fish bones or something like that could appear in the freshwater.
This “bush science” in this was similar to the one of which was different from the index finger which healers refer to as the “kuloza”where one points at something to curse it.
Some other Facebook friends refer to the index finger as chala chamkomba phala which describes the way it was used to scoop and stir porridge etc.
The index finger used with the middle finger symbolized the rhinoceros popularly known as a Rhino and locally called chipembere, the animal and the middle finger represented a man meeting a woman intimately.
The middle finger is suspected to have represented the long horn of the Rhino so combined it represented the two Rhino horns which is different from what we know today as a peace sign and another meaning from a different culture.
There is also a possibility that the Rhino horn represented a dagger or kandalanga sword of Mbona as it also was said to stir up confusion just like mvundulamadzi (the Fish Eagle) when it wants to catch fish among other things.
Rhino photo taken from Forbes
Rhino photo taken from Forbes
If one analyzes the F and Y of the 3200 BC online alphabet they will noticed that both are hooks with one have a sharp v on top and the other a u.
Internet peace sign photo
Internet peace sign photo which also means victory
Globally a hook is a piece of metal or other material curved or bent back at an angle, for catching hold of or hanging things on and it’s also part of a fishing rod for catching fish.
The hook in ancient Malawi was what today in English would be called a magnet and it’s code name was kumata  as in to stick which would have many meanings including the way a snake with a fork tongue eats it’s meal and how Napolo or Mbona serpent spirits would clean as in kupukuta the chosen priestess who acted as the “wife”.
This blog will not go into graphic details about that to avoid being misunderstood as posting pornographic material.
Scientifically, the high resolution proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy of human cervical mucus is many online research papers explaining the human autonomy of a woman’s body.
It’s for these many reasons that the favourite “wives” of ancient Malawi’s Napolo winged spirit were Malira Tapalia as in one of the many ancient Nyangus and Chinsinsi Sungamwana (secret, keep the child).
Malira as in cried symbolized tears and water and this had to do with childbirth were the first water breaks like a flood and the labour pains make a soon to be mother cry.
Ndine Nyangu”, she would say after dipping her head into a big red clay pot full of water.
And when angry she would say in a code “Muzalira ndine mkazi” which in English can be summed up as the Wrath of a Woman go oral stories.
So literally she was saying an enemy would cry because she is a woman who can be ruthless.
Nyangu means “manthongo” like the crust mucous stuff around the eyes and another rude version only for this oral story.
Red Clay Pot photo not related to this blog taken from…
Red Clay Pot photo not related to this blog taken from…
It also means “wopepera” like in foolish, a fool or someone lacking intelligence in relation to the ancient Nyangu spirit (mizimu) and not the many royal official ones in our history.
The clay pot she used like others were always broken into pieces to be disposed of in thick forests of hills and mountains whenever they were not needed. She was the last female to use it for that specific purpose.
And since this Nyangu was from water hence her name also sounding like Tilapia fish with the most common species in Malawi being chambo….Malira was believed to appear as a mermaid because she could not get her lower body wet which was the source of her powers.
Some healers claimed such beings would also put snails to protect themselves from water.
That is why Malira was believed to be of the sea or ocean and some healers use the name Dr Maliya or Dr Maria to mean Malira whose salty tears where like the ocean.
Internet magnet photo
Internet magnet photo
This blog is not saying all Dr Marias sourced their name from Malira but that some of them whom this blog interviewed did.
Online drawing of a Reaping hook
Online drawing of a Reaping hook
In the oral story, she was also a woman who went against the teachings of Chauta, Namalenga, Mphambe (God) by not loving her own children and doing all sorts of bad things including being full of revenge and pride says a Sapitwa healer.
All genuine male healers admit female energy in the spiritual realm is more powerful and they tap into it including trying to duplicate the hour-glass figure of a woman and her “sacred” womb of creation in the narrow neck calabash locally known as Nsupa.
They even “dress” it in beads, both the Ebony ones and African wine kettle gourd ones.  But such “power” can be used for the wrong things.
Tools of asing’anga anyanga who are usually men include the Nsupa..both Ebony ones and those made from the African Wine Kettle gourd locally called Mphonda losadiwa (forbidden to eat).
How lightning works photo taken from
How lightning works photo taken from
All genuine male healers also admit that when the MALIYA spirit “comes out” it’s powerful and at times dangerous in that it’s the most powerful and close to all the male spirits they tap into.
Now in ancient Egypt, two fish were very powerful symbols and the Tilapia and the Nile perch: Lates niloticus (wrongly called “Captain”). Tilapia was a fish living in shallow water, mainly in lakes, river banks or ponds and dark deep water among others.
“The name Tilapia is a Latinization of “thiape” in the Tswana language of the Bantu (Niger-Congo languages).  And Tilapia was associated with protection too because the female is during danger sheltering her babies in its mouth.
“Then Tilapia is cleaning the lotus stems of its micro organisms so that you get the impression that the flower and the stem of the lotus is going out from its mouth”, partly reads
Could this also be an ancient Malawi "as below so above ritual"  Photo taken from 'How To Make It Rain; A Malawian Ancestral Story of Mbona the Rain Maker" photo from
Could this also be an ancient Malawi “as below so above ritual” Photo taken from ‘How To Make It Rain; A Malawian Ancestral Story of Mbona the Rain Maker” photo from
Could the two Tilapia of ancient Egypt been Nephthys who was typically paired with her sister Isis or is that tale different from the ones in this region of Africa?
Nephtys sister of Isis photo from
Nephtys sister of Isis photo from
“As comforter, she stood at the birth-bed to offer comfort and help with the birth of new born children – Isis was seen as the midwife. The two sisters were often together, only being able to be told apart by the hieroglyph on their heads. Also, like her sister, she was thought to have great magical powers – she was the Mighty One of Words of Power.
“Yet, originally, where Isis was visible, birth, growth, development and vigour, Nephthys was invisible, death, decay, diminution and immobility. She was the darkness to Isis’ light. Isis was the day, her twin sister the night.
“The goddesses were personified by two priestesses who were virgins and who were ceremonially pure…” further reads
Fishing in ancient Egypt drawing taken from the Internet
Fishing in ancient Egypt drawing taken from the Internet

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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.

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