Muvidivi (Ekebergia Capensis)

Writing name: Muvidividi

A large, attractive evergreen tree.

Uses: White, soft wood used for making spoons and bowls. Medicinal/Magical uses: The light and soft wood of Cape ash is easy to work with, and with its straw colour, it makes attractive furniture. The bark is used as an emetic, and for treating dysentery. It is also used for tanning. Decoctions from roots are used to treat headaches, heartburn and for chronic coughs. Leaves are used as a remedy for intestinal worms. Unspecified parts of the tree are used magically to protect the chief from witchcraft.

Rain Queen – Synopsis

My name is Makaphimo. I am a small herdboy of the Lovedu. I go out every morning to herd the cattle or to scare birds away from the crops.

One night, when the moon was big and round, I had to go out to the platform in my mother’s mullet field to scare the bushpigs away. Who was more afraid, I or the huge bushpig that came out to push against my dingy platform? After I made enough noise to bring some men running out of the kraal, he went back into the bush. The men clicked their tongues at me and went back to bed. There, in the middle of the night, I met someone whom I thought to be a spirit. From that day on, I knew

The Rain Queen – Synopsis – 2008-06-16

“My story begins as I die.”

Legend has it that the Lovedu tribe of the Limpopo province in South Africa migrated to their current location from the North a few decades before the Boers came, and that they trace their royal line back to the middle of the 16th century.

This story starts as Makaphimo, one of the first sorcerer-kings of the tribe is assassinated by his daughter. The powerful ancestral spirit that he becomes is the narrator of this book.

As an ancestral spirit, the narrator speaks in the first person. He is not omnipresent, but can transport from place to place instantaneously. He is not omnipotent, but he can and does meddle in the affairs of women and men. He is not omniscient, but can report what he sees and what he thinks. But more importantly, he has partial access to the minds of some of his descendants who still revere him as an ancestor.

Just after his death, he learns that there are mighty presences in the realm in which he now dwells, but he is unable to identify them.

He looks on as one after another of his king-descendants is born, rules and dies. Finally one of the kings, Mugodo, prophesies that black ants (the Swazis) will come from the East, but they will not conquer the Balovedu. But the red ants from the South (the Boers) will overcome them. He also predicts that the tribe will be ruled by a woman. And so it comes to pass that after this last king, the first Rain Queen, Modjadji I, a powerful rainmaker-sorceress, comes to power.

The protagonist (not the narrator) of the story is born in 1875, before Modjadji I comes to power. As spirit man of the Balovedu, he is responsible not only for the welfare of his tribe in relation to the spirit world, but also for the ascending of the first Rain Queen. In the year 1880 there is a magnificent upheaval in the spirit world, since this is the year—according to European esoteric sources—when the Lunar archangel Gabriel hands over the rule over humanity to Solar Michael for his term of 354 years and 4 months.

The narrator has a special bond with the protagonist and has substantial access to his mind. However, as the protagonist’s apostasy from the old Africa religion of ancestor worship grows, he knows less about what the man is thinking.

The crisis of the book comes in 1895 as General Piet Joubert conquers Magkoba and his tribe in Magoebaskloof.

The Narrator

One of the Karanga kings, contemporary of Descartes and/or Nostradamus. The narrator is not omniscient or omnipresent, but he has one big advantage – he has partial access to the mind of the protagonist. He is also able to be in places other than the protagonist, and flit there instantaneously.

The narrator is in purgatory where souls continue their struggles. The narrator is not aware of God, but on one occasion wonders into a Great Presence which leaves him weak and disoriented.

A complete cosmology needs to be constructed.

Heaven, hell, angels and demons need to be named out of an Africa perspective. Some of these concepts are expressed out as whittled forms made by the woodcarver.

The narrator witnesses original sin.

He meets celestial creatures much more powerful than he.

Since the story begins with the narrator’s death, he will have to have his mystical experience after he dies.

Make a post about the Nostradamus beings and the scroll around the earth, etc.

Opening Scene

My story begins as I die.  Something struck me from behind, struck me hard, forced my breath out.  They must be using a heavy stick.  I look down and see a broad blade sticking out of my chest.  I can see the moon on the metal and the blood on the blade.   I am already dead.   This knowledge blinds me; it is a bright fire behind my eyes.  My life-hope flits out though the hole in my heart like a cloud of bats.

Oh, now comes pain like fiery coals and I am very afraid.  The bats turn back on me, they are witches.  They cover my mouth and nose;  they press on my chest with their fat rumps;  they stretch broad rawhide thongs around my stomach;  they kick me in the groin. I keep on exhaling, exhaling.

Dying is a big work.  Dying is an important thing to do.  Dying keeps a man busy.  Dying is closer than enemies and revenge.

I hear myself make gurgling sounds.  There is now bright red foam on the blade in front of me.  And now I’m angry.  Who has the medicine to do this to me?  Who can have medicine such as this if he has not stolen it from me?   I want to see his face.  I turn my head back as far as I can.  I make out a shape through the flames in my head.   The fire is all around me.  One of the witches says: "Look at me!" 

I turn my head again.  It is a woman! 

Ehêh, the things a dying man dreams…  I shoot up into the night as my body falls on its side and kicks its feet for a little while. 

I was weak; now I’m strong.  I was killed; now I cannot die.  Makaphimo is born.