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The Eland- sacred to the Khoi people- photo taken at Cape Point Nature Reserve

Our Khoi Culture and Heritage

In this newsletter I want to focus on one subject.

Although not obviously related to Inter-species Communication it provides context to upcoming events that most definitely do have significant relevance to talking with the animals. This newsletter shares the story of some of our African heritage and is amazing to consider the implications in this time of the Covid-19 epidemic.
 
Next week you will be introduced to a real Khoi-San Chief who has agreed to share some of his philosophy and teachings with us. For today I simply suggest you read and enjoy the entire story below and contemplate it’s repercussions in this modern world.
 
I would hereby like to give credit to Wildlife Campus from whom I have reproduced most of the content.
 
The content that follows is written and adapted from transcribed tapes recorded by the late Credo Mutwa. Credo Mutwa is one of Southern Africa’s most celebrated Sangomas or Shamans. The content therefore is not scientific but rather represent the feelings , beliefs and experiences of this exceptional man.
 
These stories are written in precisely the same way that Credo Mutwa
tells them , with all their original colloquialisms and styles.
 
Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa - African High Sanusi
 (21 July 1921 – 25 March 2020)
The Story of Ngoza

I will tell you a story involving one of my ancestors - a mighty, but rather crazy king, whose name was Ngoza.

Ngoza was a mighty king, a great warrior, but he was rather eccentric. He used to leave his people alone and go and live in deep bush for many, many, many days accompanied by his two dogs. And one day when Ngoza returned to his village, he found most of his people and all of his wives dead. His family was wiped out by a terrible disease, which had roared like a silent wildfire through the province of Natal one hundred years before white colonists invaded Natal.

The disease had come up from the Cape and it had decimated people of many tribes. The disease was smallpox, a terrible disease that Africans had never seen before. It is said that smallpox wiped out all the Khoi-San people in the Ndedema gorge in the south of Natal, except a few pathetic survivors who ran for their lives as the epidemic tore in like a beast amongst them. And Ngoza saw the river near his village choked with the rotting corpses of his people. People had been driven mad by this fever of the smallpox and they had run into the river seeking relief from the cool waters of the river, and they had died there - men, women and children, young and old.

It is said that Ngoza screamed aloud as he saw this terrible carnage.

He shouted at the gods. He cursed the great gods in heaven: “Why have you allowed an evil disease to destroy my people? You are not gods! I will no longer worship you! I will turn my back upon you!” And it is said that Ngoza
committed the worst sacrilege that a man of his time could commit - he walked up to the grave of his long-dead father and he urinated upon it. And then he walked up to that of his long-dead mother and defecated upon that grave. And then, his heart bursting with sorrow, Ngoza turned and walked away back into the bush, because he knew that the spirit of the disease was still there waiting to devour him, and other people, should they dare to enter his village.
Ngoza walked away, we are told, and for some time he lived in the bush. For some time he was a lonely man, and then one day a Khoi-San man suddenly appeared out of the bush and smiled at Ngoza with broken teeth.

Ngoza was glad to see a fellow human being. But Ngoza looked at the Khoi-San and he saw that the Khoi-San’s face was horrible. The Khoi-San had somehow survived the terrible disease, which had eaten nearly all of Ngoza’s people. His face was pockmarked and he looked weak, but there was courage burning in his slanted little eyes. And Ngoza and the Khoi-San became friends. They hunted together and they sometimes quarrelled and fought, but always they were reconciled.
And then one day people came upon Ngoza, his own people, people who had survived the horrible disease, and they asked him: “Ngoza, great warrior, we want you back as our king. We buried our dead relatives. We burnt your village to the ground and rebuilt it anew. We ask of you, Ngoza, to come and rule over us again.” And Ngoza returned to the village, a new village manned by new warriors and new women. And Ngoza was given wives and he started a new family. And still his mind was obsessed with the terrible disease that had swept his people away.

And then one day, Ngoza learned that the disease was coming back again and Ngoza said: “I deserted my people like a coward when this evil thing came. I will not run this time. I will find a medicine against this disease and I will know what it is.”

And then, it is said that one day the Khoi-San spoke to Ngoza and said: “Ngoza.” And Ngoza said: “What are you saying, you ugly little thing?”
“I am your friend, Ngoza.”
“I know that, you little thief,” answered Ngoza. He loved this strange friend of his who was so full of wisdom.
And the Khoi-san said to Ngoza: “Ngoza, the disease is coming back again and it is going to eat you this time and all your people. And your children whom you have fathered are going to go away. But, Ngoza, I can help you.”
“What!” demanded Ngoza. “You say you can help me?”
“Yes,” said the Khoi-San. “And do you know, in return for your help, I want you to declare me one of your Indunas.”
“A little thing like you becoming one of my Indunas! I agree, stupid. Now show me your medicine.”
KhoiSan of the Kahalari - credit Timbuktu Travel
The Khoi-San said: “No, Ngoza, no. You are not going to trick me that way. First of all I want another payment for helping you, Ngoza. And I will help you, I swear.”
“Oh,” said Ngoza. “And what do you want in return?” Well, Ngoza was bathing then, and the Khoi-San man looked between Ngoza’s legs and he said: “I want your foreskin, Ngoza.”
“You want my what?”
“Eh, I want your foreskin. You have got a lovely long one. Cut it off for me and I will save your people.”
“Aaay...” cried Ngoza. “You want to trick me.”
And then the Khoi-San said: “I am a man of honour and I don’t play tricks. Listen, let me tell you. Let me show you.” The Khoi-San took one of Ngoza’s warriors and made incisions upon him. And then he made incisions upon himself. And he smeared his own blood into the incisions made upon the Zulu warrior. And then the Zulu became very sick, we are told. And then, when the Zulu recovered, the Khoi-San told Ngoza to send the Zulu warrior into that
part of the land where the new disease was eating people again. And the Zulu went and stayed for about two months in that terrible place and then came back alive.

“What miracle is this?” Ngoza asked the Khoi-San.
The Khoi-san said: “Listen, this disease is not as terrible as you think. If people are made strong with the blood of someone who has had this disease and survived, those people will not get the disease at all.

And thus it was, that the poor Khoi-San had to lose a lot of his blood in order to save Ngoza’s people. And other people were found who had survived the terrible disease, and they were asked to use their blood to save other people.
 
Modern day Zulu Traditional Healers or Sangomas- Credit Nomad Africa Mag
So King Ngoza’s people escaped the terrible epidemic. Many of
them survived, and thus the Zulus began to believe in what is called Ukuqinisa - which means ‘to strengthen.’ Even today Zulu people, and people of other tribes, have a ritual where incisions are made on a person’s body and certain powders are rubbed into those incisions. This is done so that should the person be exposed to poison in which these powders are used as a poison, the poison would fail. Our kings in olden days used to have incisions made on their bodies, and certain poisonous plants (carefully powdered and diluted) were rubbed into these incisions - tiny quantities of them - and thus the king was strengthened against being poisoned, against witchcraft.

But also there was a ritual where a person was incised and liquid from a person who had caught smallpox was heated and rubbed into his incisions. Let me tell you that vaccination was not only developed by Dr Gena in England,
vaccination was here in South Africa before the white man came to this land. Our people knew about it and it was called Ukuqinisa – to ‘make strong.’

Now, what about Ngoza? When Ngoza saw that his people had survived, that the disease had passed them by, Ngoza found himself honour-bound to fulfil his side of the bargain, by cutting off his foreskin and handing it to the Khoi-San to wear on a string around his neck. And we still say today: ‘Oh Ngoza, if you wish to save your nation you must be prepared to part with your foreskin.’
In other words: if you want to do something great you must be willing to pay heavily for it, because there was nothing more proud in a Zulu than his foreskin, and should he lose it, it was a great disaster.

And thus my ancestor Ngoza lost his foreskin, but he had saved his people. Both Ngoza and the Khoi-San are honoured as great ancestors by my people - the Mutwa, of the sons of Ngoza.

Upcoming events

In the next few weeks we will introduce you to Chief Stephen Fritz of the South Peninsula Khoi. In a series of three separate webinars he will share with you some of his knowledge regarding the importance of interspecies communication in Khoi culture; how his ancestors communicate; the healing power of plants; and many other aspects of ancient wisdom from the First Nations People of South Africa.

An Introduction to Chief Stephen, Khoi Culture,
and the relevance to Inter-species Communication.
Khoi Culture Webinar
Thursday 24th September, 12.00pm (noon)  C.A.T (UTC+2hrs)
(South African Heritage Day)

The webinar will start with a Khoi  blessing ceremony for the earth facilitated by Chief Stephen

 
Register here
All proceeds are in support of Chief Stephen's work in his community and with the South Peninsula Khoi Council, to preserve the wisdom of the First Nations People of South Africa, with reverence for all of Nature.

Requested donation to register:
£ 8.00 GBP

with thanks.
Save these dates:

Part 2: Animal Communication and the Khoi/First Nations people of South Africa

24th October 2020

Part 3: The Healing Power of Nature with the Khoi
5th December 2020
Chief Stephen Fritz with Linda Tucker ( founder of the Global White Lion Protection Trust)
outside SA Parliament at the Colloquium on the Captive Lion and Lion bone trade industry (2018)
Virtual StarLion Journey Introduction Zoom Meeting
A presentation and Q&A session about the upcoming
Virtual Starlion Journey (in support of the White Lion Trust), for those interested in booking.

 
Sunday 20th September, 4pm C.A.T. 
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