Balladeer’s Blog continues its examination of this epic myth of the Nyanga people.
The semidivine hero Mwindo briskly walked through the land of the dead, making his way to the hut in which the death-god Muisa had hidden his evil father Shemwindo. Mwindo would at last have his revenge on his father for his crimes against him and against their home village of Tubondo, which now lay in ruins back on the surface.
Mwindo burst into the hut in question only to be infuriated that there was no sign of Shemwindo. Once again he had escaped his son’s wrath. The hawk god Kahunga spoke to Mwindo through one of his creatures flying overhead in the realm of the dead.
This bird informed the semidivine hero that Muisa had once again played him false and had had one of the souls of the dead fly to the hut to warn Shemwindo about his son’s approach. Furthermore, Muisa’s messenger had ordered Mwindo’s cowardly father to seek refuge in the subterranean lair of Ntumba, the aardvark god.
(To the Nyanga aardvarks are special creatures, hence the extraordinary reverence accorded their deity. The high regard comes from the way aardvarks walk the surface world – called Oto – but can prey on bugs who live under the ground, with that subterranean realm being known as Kwirunga. The Nyanga viewed aardvarks as being uniquely gifted as birds, who are mobile on both the surface world – Oto – and the sky – Butu. )
The infuriated Mwindo flew back to the death-god’s hut by clinging to his conga-scepter as it took to the air at his command. (A conga-scepter was a riding-crop sized staff made of antelope tail.) Arriving back in the presence of Muisa the angry hero demanded that the deceptive deity hand over his father immediately.
Muisa claimed he could not, stating that he had no authority to order a fellow deity like Ntumba to send back Shemwindo, who had sought refuge with him. (As unusual as it may sound in the West, most Nyanga deities lived underground in Kwirunga rather than in the Heavens, or Butu. The land of the dead that Muisa ruled over was just one of many subterranean territories which various deities controlled. Picture it like an ant colony. )
Muisa took offense at Mwindo’s threats, despite how dishonestly he had dealt with the hero, and challenged him to fight. Mwindo was glad to oblige and, armed with his song-spells, his conga-scepter and his axe he did battle with the god of the dead in his own realm.
After a long and furious clash Mwindo had beaten Muisa into such a state that the death-god had bloody froth pouring from his mouth, urine leaking from his penis since he was beaten too badly to control his bladder and also had dung clotting around his anus because he had been beaten too severely to control his bowel movements, too.
Through one of his song-spells Mwindo ensured that Muisa would remain unconscious in his present state while he went off to make sure Shemwindo really was where the death-god had claimed he would be this time.
Mwindo flew with his conga-scepter to the faraway underground realm of the aardvark god Ntumba. This realm was an enormous cavern and from outside the entrance our hero could see both the aardvark god and his villainous father lurking inside.
Mwindo ordered Ntumba to immediately send his father out or be prepared to face the destruction of his cavern realm. +++
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FOR PART ONE CLICK HERE: PART ONE OF MWINDO
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