Zulu: "The Return of Mu-sho-sho-no-no"

The Great Grandson of King Shaka Zulu, Baba Sanusi Credo Mutwa, Sangoma and Keeper of the Culture of the Zulu was born on 21 July 1921 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. As Keeper of the Culture, he preserves the oral traditions and material treasures of the Zulu. He is the author of many books, including ‘Song of the Stars: The Lore of a Zulu Shaman’, ‘Indaba, My Children’ and ‘Zulu Shaman: Dreams, Prophecies, and Mysteries’. A similar astrological path is shared with Indigenous Dagabah Royal Shaman, Rain Queen Mother, and he was an instrumental teacher in her long Initiation journey.

On 2 October 1999, Baba Sanusi Credo Mutwa gave a keynote address at the Living Lakes Conference in California which includes the prophecy of the return of the “terrible star” Mu-sho-sho-no-no in 2012. An essay of his speech is reproduced below:

“I stand before you as a man who is stunned and shaken by what he has seen, what he has heard, and what he has experienced. First of all, did you know, you who live around Lake Mono, that your lake joins together Africa and the Native American people? Did you know that the most amazing word I’ve ever heard when I arrived here was the word Inyo. Which is said to mean the dwelling place of the creator, or rather, the place of creation. Did you know that that word occurs in Africa as a reference to the sacred organ of a mother? Did you know that the word Mono is a name for something delicious and nutritious that you eat? Perhaps one day if I return this way I shall share more of these things with you.

“No matter whom we are, no matter in which part of the world we dwell, we are one. We are one with each other. We are one with the earth. We are one with the moon, the sun, the stars. Please, please remember that. It is useless to conserve entities such as water and trees if you have severed yourself away from those entities. You cannot conserve something which you do not feel within you. You cannot conserve something which is not part of you.

“When I was initiated for the first time in 1937 into the mysteries and knowledge of Mother Africa I was ordered by my teacher who was my aunt. She said I should go outside and fill a small clay pot with water. And then she said to me, “Look into the water—what do you see?” I was caught in a trap because an initiate is not supposed to have an ego. An initiate is not supposed to refer to himself. I said, “ Aunt, I see a person in this water.” She said, “Who is that person?” I did not dare say it was me. I said, “It is the person I know who is the son of my mother, the only son.” And she said, “Yes, you are in this water, and the water is in you. Until you know that, that you and the water are one, you must not even drink the water, you must not even think about it, because you have cut yourself off from it.”

“No matter where you go in Africa you will find African people referring to water by very interesting names indeed. And all of these words mean one thing no matter where you go: the fluid of creation, the thing that did something, the thing that caused something to be.

In olden days Africans used to risk their lives in protecting water. In olden days our people used to severely punish anyone they caught urinating into a stream or a river. There are some ants which you find in my country that, when you hold one in your hands, look as fat as myself, and it fights like nobody’s business. And if you were caught, wise guy, making water into the water, one of those babies was made to bite you, closing the hole for several hours, and it will be the biggest lesson you will ever learn.

“Our people believe many strange things regarding water. They believe that water is a living entity. That water has got a mind, that it remembers. The reason why a lake forms where it is, the reason why a river flows through where it flows, is not because it happens to be the right place for water to flow. No! It is because in that place where the river flows, there is an energy, an invisible spirit that moves like a snake, under the ground through the fine sand and which moves in the direction opposite to the one down which the river flows. If this great fire snake, as we call it, this unseen energy, if it dies, then the river dies too.

“In the language of my people, the Zulus, a lake is called icibi. Now this word icibi gave birth to a verb icibella which means “to patch.” If there is a hole in a cloth and you put a patch on it that patch is called icibi and you icibella. Now why do we say that a lake is a repairer? We believe that a lake controls the life forces of all living things around it. A lake controls the life forces of every bird, every fish, every tiny creature that you find in water, and it also controls and stimulates the life forces of bigger animals up to and including human beings. And each time there is an illness in the land, our kings used to prevail upon the tribespeople to go closer to lakes to get into that field. There is an invisible field of power all around a lake. If you take off your clothes and moisten your skin slightly and walk into that field, you will feel a tingling. That is what we call the spirit of the water, the icibi, the repairer of life.

“Our people believe that there is a music, a sort of communication that goes on between streams, and rivers, and lakes. That if you destroy a lake 20 miles away from another one, this music is cut off and the lake that you have destroyed dies, and so does another lake which has been in communication with it.

“Our people further say that water has got ears. We have a proverb amongst my people that says: he who makes love to another man’s wife on the bank of a river must be careful not to utter loud and stupid noises. Because why? Because of water. If there is a fierce emotion near a stream, that stream somehow records that. And guess what will happen? What you did near the river will be heard by every person in the surrounding villages one day. And you will wonder how they got to hear about it.

“There is much I could share with you. But our people say that he who talks too much makes people tired. So I am not here to make you tired, I am here to tell you this: let us by all means conserve the beautiful song of nature. Let us regard each lake and each river. Not simply as an interesting stretch of water across whose expanse spoiled millionaires will zip around in their powerboats. No! Let us feel the water, let us hear the water, let us be one with the water.

“Please, let us bring back the earth, let us accept one thing which our mothers accepted and our grandfathers knew: that the earth is a living entity where everything is joined to everything else in eternal marriage. And if you destroy something in one part of the world you create a chain of destruction that destroys things somewhere else.

“Let me tell you one last thing: I am told by the great storytellers of our tribes that fresh water is not native to our earth. Once, many thousands of years ago a terrible star, the kind of star with a very long tail, descended very close upon our skies. So close that the earth turned upside down and what had become the sky became down, and what was the heavens became up. The whole world was turned upside down. The sun rose in the south and set in the north. Then came drops of burning black stuff, like molten tar, which burned every living thing on earth that could not escape. After that came a terrible deluge of water accompanied by winds so great that they blew whole mountaintops away. And after that came huge chunks of ice bigger than any mountain and the whole world was covered with ice for many generations. After that the surviving people saw an amazing sight. They saw rivers and streams of water that they could drink, they saw that some of the fishes that escaped from the sea and were now living in these rivers. That is the great story of our forefathers. And we are told that this thing is going to happen again very soon. Because the great star, which is the lava of our sun, is going to return on the day of the year of the red bull, which is in the year 2012.

“Well, I’m glad I won’t be there to see the fun. My wish is this: that there may be blessing over everything that you have done, over everything that you are going to do. May whatever power there is beyond the stars strengthen your efforts, because each lake that you bring back to life is a whole world saved.

Thank you.”



The Coming of Leizwi

According to the Zulu, humanity is currently in the 6th World. The tradition says that the Lord of the Sky Nkulunkulu, with the help of the Heavenly queen, Nomkubulwana has created, destroyed, and recreated this the world 5 times.

This sixth world is a challenging one, full of ignorance, pain, suffering, hunger, war and strife because the Earth Mother created this world when in a state of deep depression and sorrow. This time of pain and suffering is to last around 2000 years. After this two thousand-year period Nkulunkulu and Nomkubulwana are going to destroy this sixth world and establish the seventh world. The seventh world is going to be a perfect Earth where death, pain, and suffering will be unknown. Humanity will live in a time of bliss and harmony.

Because of the imperfections, pain and suffering of the 6th world, the Great Gods decided to bring to this time and space special humans from the fifth world who were rescued from it just before it was destroyed. These humans from the fifth world were carefully chosen because they were skilled as healers, teachers, and peacemakers. They were brought to the sixth world to comfort and redeem suffering humanity.

The special humans were brought here by two amphibious celestial beings named Impangu and Rohwani. These celestial fish-men sacrificed their lives by bringing the 5th World humans to this 6th world. They stole a giant stone egg from a huge, monstrous bird called the Sange Sange bird. The Sange Sange is a giant bird made of fire, and it only lays one egg every 4 million years. Impangu and Rohwani emptied the stone egg of the Sange Sange embryo, placed the human survivors of the fifth world in the egg, and rolled it across the heavens to this Earth.

The Healers disembarked onto the planet and the fish-gods departed back to the heavens. They took the shell of the Sange Sange egg with them. However, since it was only an empty shell, they left it in the sky of the Earth. We call the Sange Sange shell the Moon.

Just when Impangu and Rohwani were leaving, the Sange Sange Bird found them. It immediately attacked and devoured Impangu, savagely dismembering him and scorching him at the same time. Impangu died right on the spot. The Sange Sange Bird then captured Rohwani, and out of anger and revenge tied Rohwani to the Rock of Eternal Torment. Once upon the rock, the Sange Sange cast a spell on Rohwani, so that he could take a bite out of him and his body would quickly regenerate and grow back. To this day, Rohwani is still upon the rock of eternal torment being continuously devoured by the Sange Sange Bird.

However, right when the sixth world is about to end, a great human hero named Leizwi will rescue Rohwani. Leizwi was one of the humans brought by the Fish-Gods to the 6th World, and he had a deep and unending love for Impangu and Rohwani. He slays the Sange Sange Bird and frees Rohwani from the Rock of Eternal Torment. Rohwani is then impelled to be eternally in service to Leizwi. Being one of the wisest souls living in the universe, Rohwani helps Leizwi create a perfect world. This perfect world, the 7th world, is built upon the transformed decay of the destroyed sixth world. A new Heaven on Earth is established, and Leizwi is crowned Earth's Rightful Ruler.

Until the end of this world, the Healers brought by the Fish-Gods are the only comfort for suffering humanity. These men and women are known in the Zulu language as the 'Inyanga', or 'People of the Moon'. As people who come from the Moon, the Inyanga also act like the moon within society. As the Sun shines forth light which the Moon at times reflects on the dark-side of the Earth, so to do the Inyanga at times reflect the light and knowledge of God onto suffering humanity who wallows in ignorance and darkness.

To the Zulu, knowledge is a living force. The Zulu say that when you learn something, your knowledge does not just stay in your mind. It flows like smoke to a place called the Land of the Mysteries. In the land of the Mysteries, there is a huge, gigantic mountain of crystal called 'The Mountain of Light'. Smoky-like knowledge flows into the land of the mysteries, and crystallizes, attaching itself to the Mountain of Light. Thus, new knowledge adds on the shining brilliance of the Crystal Mountain.

At the foot of the Mountain of Light is a beautiful lake called the 'Lake of Knowledge'. Light from the Crystal Mountain causes water from the lake to evaporate. The Inyanga reflects the light of the crystal mountain onto humanity, and is sustained by the dew from the Lake of Knowledge. By drawing from the Lake of Knowledge and reflecting the light of the Crystal Mountain, the Inyanga help, teach, heal, and sustain humanity until the coming of Leizwi and the end of the 6th world.

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