Friday, January 29, 2016

Ancient Malawi's Theka, Theka...balancing stones scale, measuring the heart (mtima)

'Mtima wabwino kapena woipa or is it woyipa' - meaning a good or bad heart to mean a good or evil person in ancient beliefs...could that also refer to the soul as a spirit is mzimu?
Some ancient healers of Malawi in various rituals including oracles would say THEKA THEKA (HALF) in the Chinyanja language similar to balancing scales which was done by the one in the centre. 
For figuring out oracles they would observe and sense a person's heart to see what emotions were inside based on their belief system and they would also study the right and left eye to try and read into the person's soul together with the hidden heart.
Gone are those days but sill worth recording as ancient myths as nature had rock scales which ancestors from priesthoods studied but it's not known if Sanjika Rock where John Chilembwe spent time was a balanced Rock used in ancient times.

Now  when some ancient priesthoods (ansembe) used Ufa (flour) as a nsembe offering , it was in a cupped hand as K and measured as THEKA THEKA (HALF, HALF).
If the scale mythical balanced then they would say the person is balanced but if it tilted they would read further into that person using their belief systems.
So we have Theka as half -theka as in zitheka as to mean to be possible so using those words we can also say So Mote it be...it's possible Ase.
Tekha in ancient Egypt was also the weigher, the pointer of the scales  according to the online book 'The Sound of Meaning: Comparative Linguistics of Ancient Egyptian, Maya and Nahuatl' on https://books.google.mw/books?id=vDXYMct_fRQC&pg=PA65&lpg=PA65&dq=tekha+ancient+egypt&source=bl&ots=INGAEhF1Yt&sig=G8mE5tK4kyZnxKasvuM9th-HIf4&hl=en&sa=X&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=tekha%20ancient%20egypt&f=false
However I'm not sure if that was in relation to Ancient Egypt's mythical Hall of Judgement and if the scale was like the Western one not balanced as being flat on top like in the below online scroll.
An website for children has a comprehensive guide and fact sheet about the Hall of Judgement. These include:
The ancient Egyptian 'Book of the Dead'
The Hall of Double Justice or the Hall of the Two Truths
The 42 'Assessor gods' or judges
The 'Declaration of Innocence' or 'Negative Confessions'
The 'weighing of the heart ceremony'.
The role of Osiris, Anubis, Ma'at, Ammit and Thoth
The ancient Egyptian 'Judgement Day'
An overview of the Hall of Judgement in the Book of the Dead

Now eyes and their shapes have played an important role in African society with some beliefs associating witches and wizards with wide owl ones in contrast to slanted pigeon and dove ones.
In ancient Africa pigeons represented peace and were said to flee a home where there is conflict and constant arguments. A type of mphonda in the pumpkin family is placed by some healers near a village pigeon’s “home”.
Some mphonda are like African Wine Kettle gourds locally known as nsupa while others include gourds similar to the basket shape one on http://www.seedman.com/Gourds.htm
Eyes are also mentioned 502 times in the King James Bible and the word eye some 115 times.  The Big Brother show also had an eye for a logo like on http://www.36ng.com.ng/2013/05/26/big-brother-africa-season-8-the-chase-is-on-meet-the-28-housemates-for-2013/ and some currencies in western countries have a gazing eye as well as some television stations. 
In Malawi, Mbona is known for his right protruding eye while ancient Egypt information online shows that the right eye of Horus, son of Osiris and Isis represented concrete factual information controlled by the left brain while the left eye controlled the right brain, dealing with esoteric thoughts and feelings responsible for intuition.
In the Ulendo Series Mtunda 8 Chichewa for Standard 8, in the tale, Mbona’s red eyes on p37 is described as sticking out like a snake.  In ancient times, the ancestors of this land did not view all snakes as evil but goat spirits.
Healers and other spiritual enlightened people were said to either have the right eye of an upright snake or the left eye of a goat which was considered evil.
In ancient Malawians teachings the eyes for seeing spiritual issues and spirits was believed to be in the heart, globally known by some as the “seat of the soul.”
It’s with those “eyes” that some Sapitwa healers like saying “ndakuona (I see you)” whenever they catch a person in the spiritual realm doing something evil like using magic to rob or harm innocent people.
They claim they can see the physical world with their two eyes but they use the eyes of their hearts to see the spiritual world or spirits so they say.  For them it’s like removing a cloth of one’s face to enable them see things of the spirit closely in dreams or visions (masophenya) could that be the reason for the saying “Kadaona maso mtima suyiwala” which in a nutshell means something like “seeing is believing” but literally something like what the eyes has seen the heart does not forget?
Online, the Eye is also attributed to Masonry with the all-seeing eye representing God referred to as the Great Architect of the Universe.  Internet sources also show that the Eye of the Providence is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light and usually enclosed by a triangle.  It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind.
Curious to know what it means in other belief systems or ancient teachings and whether or not this online statue of ancient Egypt's Osiris (Ausar) has a protruding right eye and an African Wine Kettle gourd on his head locally known as Nsupa together with a fly whisk and mibawa staff?

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