Famous African elder says that invading early European colonists were mistaken for playful Extraterrestrials
Compiled by Rick Martin, Spectrum columnist
Credo Mutwa had indicated during an interview that early European colonists were mistaken for extraterrestrials.
It has often been said that the Native Elders of any given tribe hold the keys to knowledge. This statement has never been more clearly confirmed than in the interview I had the great privilege to conduct with Zulu "Sanusi" (Shaman) Credo Mutwa, who neared eighty years of age at the original time of the Spectrum Magazine interview in 1999.
The Mantindane ("the tormentor") are not the only alien beings that we Africans have seen and know about, and have got stories to tell about.
Many, many, many centuries ago, before the first White-man came to Africa, we African people encountered a race of alien beings which looked exactly like the European White-man... who were going to invade Africa in our future.
These alien creatures are tall. Some of them are rather well built, like athletes, and they have slightly slanting blue eyes and high cheek-bones. And they have got golden hair, and they look exactly like the Europeans of today, with one exception: their fingers are beautifully made, long and like those of musicians and artists.
Now, these creatures came to Africa out of the sky, in craft which looked like the boomerang of the Australian people. Now, when one of these craft comes down to land, it creates a whirlwind of dust, which makes a very large sound indeed, like that of a tornado. In the language of some African tribes, a whirlwind is zungar-uzungo.
Now, our people gave several names to these White-skinned aliens. They called them Wazungu, a word which loosely means "god" but literally means "people of the dust-devil or the whirlwind".
And, our people were familiar with these Wazungu from the start. They saw them, and they saw that some-in fact, many-of these Wazungu carry what appears to be a sphere made of crystal or glass, a sphere which they always playfully bounce like a ball in their hands. And when a force of warriors tries to capture a Wazungu -- the Wazungu throws this ball into the air, catches it in his hands, and then disappears. But, some Wazungu were captured by Africans in the past and forcibly kept prisoner in the villages of chiefs, and in the caves of shamans. The person who had captured the Muzungu, as he is called in singular, had to make sure that he kept the glass-globe well-hidden from the Wazungu. So long as he kept the globe hostage, the Muzungu could not escape.
And when Africans saw the real Europeans, the White men from Europe, they transferred to them the name 'Wazungu'. Before we met the people from Europe, we Africans, we had met White-skinned Wazungu, and we transferred the name Wazungu to the real Europeans, from the aliens.
Now, in the Zulu language, we call a White man Umlungu. Now, the word Umlungu means exactly the same as Wazungu, "a god or a creature which creates a big whirlwind underground".
In Zaire, called now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, White people are called Watende or Walende. This, again, means "a god or a White creature". And, the word Watende not only is used to refer to the pink-skinned alien, but is also used to refer to the field Chitauli [a manipulative Extraterrestrial]. In Zaire, when shamans talk fearfully about the lords who control the Earth, they refer to them not as Chitauli, but they refer to them euphemistically as Watende-wa-muinda -- that is, "the White creature which carries a light" because at night the Chitauli's forehead eyes glow like red lights in the dense bush. They glow like the rear lights of an automobile in the dense bush. So, a Watende-wa-muinda "the White creature of the light", that is what the Chitauli are called in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
There are over 24 other alien creatures, sir, that we Africans know about.
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