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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Impundulu the Lighting Bird Tale of Chaos Africa Myth Story

Africa myth story of the origins of rain, lightning, chaos

Origins of rain, lightning, chaos
African myth of Impundulu the lighting bird, takes the true life form of the hammerkop, eagle and secretary birds in order to answer the origins of rain, lightning and chaos in the Venda culture.

The Venda, also known as Vhavenda are a Southern African people living mostly in Thohoyandou near the South Africa Zimbabwe border.

Africa myth story of the origins of rain, lightning, chaos


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The Venda, also known as Vhavenda are a Southern African people living mostly in Thohoyandou near the South Africa Zimbabwe border. As in most cultures around the world, fire and water hold a special fascination with the Venda people and the Venda can conjure up ancestral spirits to assist with early matters.

African Mythological Monster, Impundulu the Lighting Bird
According to Siyabona Africa, Venda believe zwidutwane water spirits live at the bottom of waterfalls. 

These beings are only half-visible; they only have one eye, one leg, and one arm. One half can be seen in this world and the other half in the spirit world. The Venda would take offerings of food to them because the zwidutwane cannot grow things underwater.
As in most cultures around the world, fire and water hold a special fascination with the Venda people and the Venda can conjure up ancestral spirits to assist with early matters.
Khokhovula is a traditional healer or Inyanga, Sangoma practicing in Siloam Nzhelele Limpopo Province South Africa. He states Impundulu, Mpundulu or rain bird is known as Ndadzi and Mheni, was historically used by the Venda people in battle striking their enemies and their enemies livestock with lighting bolts. 

The Zimbabwe Ndebele people call Impundulu the lighting bird, Inyoni yezulu. Khokhovula also says it was a law that if the impundulu bird was found dead on the ground, it must be reported to the community elders immediately before wicked people steal its powers. 

It is said that impundulu the rain bird may connect with the heat of the sun and possess an infinite heat of which people with negative powers mostly witches use to create a sun stroke and the lightning bolt. 

Impundulu the hammerkop, eagle and secretary bird of lightning.Depending on the tribe and culture, some believe the hammerkop, secretary bird or eagle is the lightning bird or impundulu. Many superstitions revolve around these birds, harming its nests could bring about death, harming its eggs causes sickness and disease and if the birds fly over your house at night and calls out, a death in the home will soon follow. 

A magic potion using the lighting birds’ feathers will cause rain to stop or start. According to Khokhovula, if you want to intimidate someone by threatening a lighting bolt to cause havoc by impundulu the rain bird, you would say “Ngizokuyela eVenda ngiyokufunela umbane” meaning I will go to Venda to fetch the lightning to strike you. 

Did you know?
Sangoma is a Southern African traditional healer fulfilling many roles in the community as a leader, seeing into the future, and assisting with physical, emotional and spiritual healings.

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