DESPERATE times indeed call for desperate measures. One traditional healer in Matopo has resorted to appeasing a python believed to be a “rain god” apparently to end the prolonged dry spell that has hit the country.
The huge python came out of a cave at Jeqe Village in Matopo frightening villagers as it coiled itself on the pathway, apparently posing danger to villagers and their livestock.
It is reported that alarmed villagers teamed up and started attacking the python which did not move an inch.
When a traditionalist Gogo Thobela Malinga from a neighbouring village heard the news she ordered the terrified villagers not to harm the serpent as it was a god believed to bring rains.
As if persuading the snake back into the cave was not enough, the traditionalist proceeded to stun villagers by ordering them to collect honey from a beehive that was on a grave.
Although bees are known to be vicious when provoked, Malinga instructed villagers to collect honey from the beehive without even drugging the bees.
When a B-Metro news crew visited Gogo Malinga at her homestead she was restive because of the ritual she had performed. She said she was in the spiritual realm when she went to the cave.
“It wasn’t an easy job. The rain god has to stay inside the cave always. Once it comes out it signifies that it’s disgruntled over something bad done by villagers. I had to talk to it for it to go back into the cave,” she said.
“They ate honey from the grave after I instructed the bees to be calm. Zinyosi zamalinda. When performing this ritual I mixed some concoction with mud in a gourd. Then I blew an antelope horn (uphondo lwebhalabhala ngidonsa umkhathi) pulling the rains,” she said.
The spiritualist who slept in the cave after the ritual narrated her traumatic experience in the cave.
“In the middle of the night I heard a great rumbling sound I had never heard before. It was as if it’s an earthquake. I heard something boiling inside the cave. I had to talk to the mountain. Two huge lions were guarding the cave I was in. The lions are always there and could only be seen by elderly people. Drum beats are also heard in the cave although you won’t see people playing the drums.
“From that day I’m not eating anything but mud. I only drink muddy water. I will be fine after the rains,” she said.
The entire village believes the old woman’s manifestations after rains pounded Matopo area soon after the ritual. On Tuesday the area also received a significant amount of rainfall.
Ntabemnyama village head Misheck Dube said it was vital to preserve the Ndebele culture.
“Even though we go to churches we must not look down upon our culture,” he said.