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« Gepost op: 17 februari 2010, 02:56 »
Mbumba Struggles with Lightning
Mbumba, the rainbow, is a water snake who works his way to the sky by climbing through trees. When he reaches the heavens, he causes the rain to stop. The skies are ruled by Nzazi, Lightning, and the earth is ruled by Mbumba. A struggle sometimes ensues between these divinities: it is a cosmic struggle between heaven and earth.

A myth recounts this epic contest between earth and the sky, between Mbumba and Nzazi; it is a struggle that has to do with the waters, waters that are both life-giving and death-dealing.
Mbumba emerged from his watery residence on the earth, and went into the heavens where he visited Nzazi.
They constructed a community, but they quarreled when Nzazi insisted that Mbumba remain in the skies to become the guardian of that community.
The result of the dispute was that Mbumba returned to earth to the water. Then, some women came to fish in that water where Mbumba dwelled, but the water dried up and they found him. They moved to kill him, thinking that he was a fish. He thereupon bit one of the women, and the water turned red and, like a snake, he moved out of the water and frightened the women. When they had fled, he again went into the sky, and the struggle between earth and sky continued when Mbumba and Nzazi contended over the lives of humans: now Nzazi went to the earth to take the lives of humans, and Mbumba threatened Nzazi with rain if he did so.

The struggle shook the universe, as the two divinities sought to demonstrate their independence of each other.
On the earth, Mbumba was assisted by Phulu Bunzi, lord of the waters. When Nzazi moved to the earth, it was Phulu Bunzi who caused him to be overwhelmed by water.
It was because of this that a pact was reached between heaven and earth, between Nzazi and Mbumba, a pact devised by Phulu Bunzi. And Nzazi then returned to the heavens. So it was that a harmonious balance was achieved between the heavens and the earth, a balance developed within terms of water, with the ruler of the heavens brought under control by the being who ordered the earth. But that balance would forever be a delicate one, and it would have to be regularly nurtured. The relationship between heaven and earth would remain forever contentious, a contentiousness that was also experienced on the earth: later, when Phulu Bunzi was visiting Mbumba, his son died. Phulu Bunzi blamed Mbumba for the death, and consequently killed him and cut his head off.


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Re: Info over Luangu, Mbumba in het engels
« Reactie #1 Gepost op: 17 februari 2010, 03:04 »
MBUMBA is a great snake found in wells; it loves moisture, and is allied to the BOMA. Women are more especially afraid of MBUMBA, and after drawing the fish and water out of a well, they will run away and leave their fish if they discover that MBUMBA has been hidden in it after all. The word means moisture, secret, "to draw up the earth round the roots of a plant" when the smell of the earth is said to impart some secret to women. Nearly connected with MBUMBA is the plain copper bracelet of the NGANGA MBUMBA, and the NLUNGA SONGO. This connects MBUMBA with marriage and smell. (R. E. Dennett)

By Tato on Sunday, May 02, 2004 - 12:01 am: Edit
For the Bântu-Kôngo, Mbùmba Maza (<Boumba Maza in Haiti) is an important n’kisi well known in the past. And as it is suggested by its name, it is an n'kisi of the water. The word maza means ‘water’ (MacGaffey). Among the Bavili of Luango, Mbùmba is part of the Kungu group of spirits, associated with fruitfulness. Mbùmba is also a great snake found in wells and which loves moisture. Mbùmba refers to “mystery”. The idea may also be associated with ripe fruit falling from the trees, bua ‘to fall’.

By Tato on Sunday, May 02, 2004 - 12:00 am: Edit
In the Congo/Bantu area of Mayombe in Central Africa, Mbùmba Loango is the name of an enigmatic and powerful n'kisi (spirit) who hides its true appearance in the form of a great serpent (rainbow python) and lives near the water. In Kongo mythology, Mbùmba, is a very old and powerful healing n'kisi (fetish) or spirit. The etymological meaning of Mbùmba comes from the verb wûmba (bumba), which means to grind, to knead, and to mold clay with the hands as if making a pot (Laman; Mampuya).

By Tato on Saturday, May 01, 2004 - 11:59 pm: Edit
In Ki-Kongo, ndamba is a type of rainbow python or serpent. According to Farris Thompson, the term ndamba puns on the Ki-Kongo word for “to sleep” in “the sense of the ecstatic love-making of two serpents, male and female, who wrap themselves around a palm tree in order to mate”. Among the Kongo, Mbamba is a protective n'kisi or spirit, which guards villages from mishap. For the Bavili of the Loango region, Mbamba is the coronella snake, a green snake measuring from four to eight feet in length, it is also the tiny kernel where all the virtues of the future palm tree exist. The word mbamba is a Vili term meaning ‘old’ or ‘ancient’ (Lehuard 1989).


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