Credo Mutwa, the highest ranking sangoma/shaman in the world
Credo Mutwa is the highest ranking sangoma/shaman in the world. He is also a philosopher, a writer, a sculptor, a painter, a visionary and prophet, a keeper of his people’s oldest traditions, and most of all a healer ‘whose duty it is to preserve the greatness of his people, regardless of which government happened to be in power.’
- ‘Sangoma’ is the Zulu term that describes all kinds of traditional healers in Southern Africa – the so-called ‘witch-doctors’. Calling sangomas ‘witch doctors’ today would be a blatant insult as they, excluding the con-artists and evil frauds, are in fact homoeopaths, believing in the healing power of specific plants and substances. Unfortunately they have acquired a bad reputation in Western Civilization due to the fact that they consider some uncooked parts of animals and even of humans also as deterrents of ‘evil’ and remedies for all kinds of ailments. A system of symbols and symbolic representations is also to be followed, which is regarded as superstitiousness and bigotry by Western Civilization.
- A ‘Shaman’ is a member of certain tribal societies who acts as a medium between the visible world and an invisible spirit world and who practices magic or sorcery for purposes of healing, divination, and control over natural events.
- Bookdealers | My People - Credo Mutwa
My People by Credo Mutwa critisizes the influence of western Christianised civilisation, which has imposed alien values on a proud, religious and historic race.
My People by Credo Mutwa
Credo Mutwa’s book ‘My People’ has given me a deep insight in the mind, soul and traditions of black Africans.
The fact that I don’t share all Credo’s believes is totally irrelevant. Personally I believe that UNDERSTANDING the culture of other nations and RESPECTING and CONSIDERING what is important and special for them just because it is, even though it is not for me, is MY IDEA of loving my neighbor.
I take my hat off for Credo Mutwa (already in his eighties), who had left no rock or mountain in his path untouched during his mission to reach his goals. One of many projects on his list is a hospital for people suffering Aids. Read more about this hospital here. Also note the following notification of the webmaster posted on the ‘Contact’ page: “We no longer accept emails. Call the Webmaster in South Africa, Ramon Thomas on +27 81-4399 555 or +27 74 124 1696.
I, the author of this hub, take, however, no responsibility for Credo Mutwa’s and RT Thomas fundraising projects. Donors have to ensure themselves of their credibility and objectives.
Who is Credo Mutwa?
According to Credo’s Christian father, Credo was born in Zululand (now the province Kwazulu Natal in South Africa) on 21 July 1921 just after the 1918-1919 influenza epidemic that had killed thousands of people in Southern Africa.
The doings of Christians and especially of the English during their wars against the Zulus, resulted in a negative interpretation of the ‘white man’s religion’ and was the reason why Credo’s maternal grandfather declared his unhappiness with his daughter’s choice of husband as follows: “I cannot allow my child to become a Christian. These Christians are a race of thieves, of liars, and murderers, who stole our country from us at sword point and at gunpoint. I would rather die than see a Christ worshiping Christian within the stockade of my village. Never!”
So there was Credo as a baby in 1921, born illegitimate and therefor the greatest shame among the Zulus in the village of his mother. Twelve months later his grandfather sent him (happily on request) to his Christian father who had raised him in accordance with Christian believes.
At the age of 16 Credo was seized and sodomized by a gang of mineworkers – a serious trauma that had left Credo emotionally and physically ill for many months. White doctors were not able to cure his wounds. (Being racists, and maybe incompetent, they most probably did not put in any significant efforts).
And so young Credo’s Christian father decided to send Credo back to his ‘heathen’ mother and grandfather where traditional healers might be able to heal Credo’s wounds.
Credo was healed by his grandfather. Thereafter, filled with respect and admiration, Credo started his quest for the truth behind so-called ‘heathen’ traditions versus Christian traditions.
Some Statements by Credo Mutwa
- “I have spoken to some of them (black political leaders) and these men and all of them have one thing in common, they are simply white men in black skins. And this is why they fail again and again to create a peaceful, progressing and prosperous Africa. They are still slaves of their long departed colonial masters…. Look at the confusion and the crime in South Africa, the disunity and the epidemic political killings. What do all these things tell you? That our people lack self-pride and self-knowledge and therefore can never be politically united ever.”
- “I am one of the scums of this earth, a creature dejected and ridiculed by university professors who later came sneaking into my home seeking the very information that they ridiculed me for revealing. I am a black man who has every reason to be bitter and angry…. I have every reason to be angry with the frot that is called western civilization. I have every reason to be angry with the various foreign religions that enslave our people’s minds and blinker their vision. I have every reason to be angry with education systems that rob our people of their true worth, of the truth about themselves…”
Unfortunately I can’t go on copying parts of Credo Mutwa’s biography. I can but only recommend his biography as a most important read to those who are eager to know the thoughts and philosophies of a humble, wise and remarkable Zulu. I can also recommend his book, My People, as one of the most insightful books about Africa and Africans.
Credo believes and predicted -
- That the Aids epidemic will soon wipe out most of the great tribes in Africa. He believes, however, that Aids, as well as all disasters such as crime, drugs and political killings are planned by ‘someone’ and carried out by ‘someone’ on behalf of that ‘someone.’
- That before human beings were created on this planet, a very wise race of people known as the Imanyukela from the constellation Orion had lived on Earth. Before their return to Orion they had built a city walled with silver deep in the bowels of Mother Earth.
- That today, with traditions destroyed, black people – and especially those in Westernized and Christianized communities - have become utterly cruel and selfish and vicious towards those they should be assisting. They run away from their fellowman who suffers Aids and Tuberculosis. Children orphaned by Aids are treated worse than beasts.
Credo Mutwa: “I wish to appeal to the world. First, I am not a quack or a charlatan or a sensationalist. I am an old man who has seen much. I wish the world to know that there is a faint ray of hope that emanates from South Africa.”
Read Credo Nutwa's biography hear.
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Even if you don’t plan to donate a dime, reading Credo Mutwa’s biography WILL expand your horizons and perception of Africans. Of course, not ALL Africans have the same perceptions. Like Americans, Europeans and Asians they are divided into groups, each and everyone with their unique concepts, believes, visions and missions.
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on February 15, 2013:
So true, bizna! What we learn and accept as culture during the first seven years of our lives cannot be destroyed. Maybe covered with knowledge, but always there to arouse our doubts and fears. I do agree - with Nelson Mandela - that education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
JUDITH OKECH from NAIROBI - KENYA on February 14, 2013:
"That today, with traditions destroyed, black people – and especially those in Westernized and Christianized communities - have become utterly cruel and selfish and vicious towards those they should be assisting". I am African and i want to say that it's not very easy to convince a deeply rooted person who believes in culture more than he believes in God to change his ways for a better life. Just like wife inheritance is still widely practiced yet it's one of the major causes of the high rate at which HIV is spreading. Anyway, knowledge is power and we Africans need to struggle to help the unable to go to school and things will change.
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on February 01, 2013:
Thank you, simallenjo!
Sim Allen from US on January 31, 2013:
Its interesting hub, keep posting, like to read your next hub. God bless you!
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on January 01, 2013:
Hi Nell, somehow, when we read about things like the Imanyukela, we cannot help but see (and feel) the possible truth in it. And then suspicion takes over.... Happy New Year to you and yours, my dear friend, Nell :)
Nell Rose from England on December 30, 2012:
Hi Martie, this was a fascinating look at an amazing man, I really want to read the book now. I noticed that he believes in the Imanyukela, I remember reading that story many years ago, now I have to go back and find out more about it, great hub martie, have a wonderful new year, nell
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 29, 2012:
Hi Realhousewife! I love your energy just as much - can't imagine life in CyberSpace without you. Please, don't ever stop being you. Credo Mutwa certainly deserves recognition on the highest level, and a little guidance concerning the utterance of offensive opinions. Have a good Christmas season and the happiest New Year, Kelley! You are awesome!
Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on December 29, 2012:
What a fascinating man Martie! I'd love to read that book. I'd actually love to visit SA...maybe one day? I love your energy and how you always share!
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 29, 2012:
@ Deborah ~ fortunately we learn from our mistakes. Just like Slavery and the suppression of Women's Rights, Apartheid (the separation of races = racism), is finally part of the past. We've got to move forward. Christians still have time to prove Christianity as the 'right way' to God and what He stands for.
@ Angela - Let's hope for the best. Apart from Aids there are so many illnesses - such as Cancer, Diabetes, and-and-and - in dire need of effective cure. I do believe that scientists and biologists are working 24/7 searching for effective remedies for all terminal deceases.
Angela Kane from Las Vegas, Nevada on December 28, 2012:
I have never heard of Credo Mutwa. Most problems in Africa are started by and for outsiders, but maintained by the people of Africa. A cure for most of these diseases including AIDS should have been found by now. When you are under attack, you must come together as one to fight the common enemy.
Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on December 28, 2012:
Martie what a sad world we live in.. when we can treat a race of people like they have been treated.. What a great job you have done here.. I don't understand why Christians that call themselves Christians treat people like that.
God bless you for writing this..
and I applaud this man Credo Mutwa for pursuing the truth and never giving up..
many blessings my friend
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 28, 2012:
Rosemary, I am so glad you've followed the links. I do believe that every reader has the right to form his own opinion. I have found Credo's knowledge about many very interesting topics fascinating, and on top of that his knowledge and insight in African culture as well as Christianity. His general knowledge covers large and deep areas. His insight and far-sight (vision) deserve recognition. And then he is not only a philosopher talking and discoursing all the time, but a doer, a founder and builder, an artist, writer, etc. who has established a museum, a hospital (for his people), etc. etc. His books - there are more - contain information and legends never written before..... I can go on for another day to admit that I take my hat off for Credo Mutwa, and I feel sad because he has missed the opportunity to become a national figure with influence and power. But maybe one day...
(Legal) Apartheid forced all tribes to live in one urban centre - just imagine the chaos and distortion of cultures in one city if there is not one mutual goal. And even if there is one mutual goal, every culture has its own approach and ideas how to achieve it. So yes, only a handful of people normally pay attention to a person like Credo. Politics!
Thank you, Rosemary, for your lovely supportive comment and for taking the time to obtain more information :)
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 28, 2012:
Laurinzo Scott - You've hit a nail on its head: ".... people will cease to exist because they simply don't fit the current agenda of concern."
Oh, and I just have to repeat the rest of your comment as well, because I agree so wholeheartedly with you - "..... If there is no profit , or otherwise means of gain to a certain life it is eliminated, ignored, or simply forgotten..."
Thank you for your incredible comment, Laurinzo :)
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 28, 2012:
@ Alastar - I found this video and some others that were shot in very poor suburbs. Showing ONLY bad looking areas and poor people in AIDS-promotion videos, instead of an overall view from A-Z to enable a viewer to form a realistic opinion, infuriates me. But this is besides the point. South Africa is a mini-world, accommodating many cultures - Western- (Europeans, or 'whites' as they call us), Indian-, Jewish-, Portugese-, Italian-, Chinese-, Korean-, etc. etc. and many tribes of Africans who have their own internal disputes and serious feuds. The two main races - The Ngweni (Zulu, Xhosa, etc) and the Sotho (Tswana, etc.) are not the best of friends, and within these two main races the various tribes are not all sitting at the same fire. There is no way for all these cultures to become one nation with the same values and believes. To put the blame of everything that's wrong on whites (Europeans, including Americans who originally came from Europe) is ridiculous. For the past how-many-centuries Europeans (whites) were mainly responsible for the development of civilization. Now the Chinese and Japanese are taking over....
Anyway, I am losing the thread of this hub. Here is an interesting video.... http://youtu.be/sVn3eh1FGNc
I find all of this very interesting and informative. As I've said in my hub, we should know and respect each other even while we are not in agreement.
Rosemary Sadler from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand on December 28, 2012:
Believe it or not I started reading this about 3 hours ago and have since followed your links and read Credo Nutwa's biography which I found so fascinating that I have hopped here there and everywhere over his pages and finally remembered to come back here to comment. (forgive me :))
He is a very wise man and his stories of two toed tribes etc are believable. Certainly his writings provoke thought.
I do think from my experience in PNG that the Western world has a lot to answer for. In bringing western civilisation they may have made great strides in improving health, hygiene and lifestyle but they have also destroyed a way of life and tradition and introduced greed. We can't always blame the white man for bringing disease to these countries; leprosy among other diseases was around long before the white man set foot. But AIDS is such a devastating disease because it affects so many including babies and in such a terrible way, not only in Africa but worldwide. Through the decades now we have heard echoed “We may have found a cure” only to find it was pie in the sky talk and far too late.
It is a sad world Martie my friend.
LJ Scott from Phoenix, Az. on December 27, 2012:
It is the sad truth of mankind that... people will cease to exist because they simply don't fit the current agenda of concern
If there is no profit , or otherwise means of gain to a certain life it is eliminated, ignored, or simply forgotten!!!
This is an incredible piece Martie... incredible!!!
Alastar Packer from North Carolina on December 27, 2012:
How great it was to see this write on Credo, Martie, thank you! His knowledge is fascinating and at times astounding. There can be no doubt but this man is a sage upon the earth and one can see that in his sparkling eyes for a start. The world is a lesser place for the dearth of such as Credo Mutwa.
Martie Coetser (author) from South Africa on December 27, 2012:
Thank you for your supportive, much appreciated comments.
@ tillsontitan – such a godly mission, “To unite this world.” I believe that this will be when the lamb (GOOD) will lie down with the lion (EVIL), as predicted by the apostle John in Revelations.
@ prasetio30 – Merry Christmas, my dear friend Prasetio. May 2103 meets all your expectations and let’s go on being each other’s teacher and student at the same time. I do learn a lot from you as well.
@ marcoujor – my wise and clever sista! I have so much respect for Credo Mutwa – a genius trying to promote the Basics in a world conquered by Science and Technology. Hugs galore to you.
@ midget38 – I see Credo Mutwa and Nelson Mandela in the same category: Wise men with divine intentions and objectives, inter alia Peace and Harmony. One was allowed to establish his as a national and even international goal, while the other is still a prisoner of ruling forces in Dark Africa.
@ always exploring – I’ve read the 9-10 episodes of Mutwa’s biography in one sitting, and my heart went out to him. His incredible knowledge of African tradition and culture has enough power to change the current course of Africa. Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, science/scientists, knowledge (about other subjects)/academics, religion/Christians/etc. are the walls of his jail.
Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 26, 2012:
I am sitting here crying like a baby. This man Credo Matwa is such a wise man and i believe many of his teachings Thank you Martie for writings that help us to understand the past in Africa. This man must have seen some horribe things to make him believe as he did. I have no doubt that his words are true.
Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 26, 2012:
An admirable man who has stood up to much and shows indomitable courage. Thanks for sharing about him, Martie. Passing it on.
Maria Jordan from Jeffersonville PA on December 26, 2012:
As a lover of all that is holistic, natural and homeopathic, I am quite used to traditional practitioners regarding us as voodoo believers.
Your summary of Credo Mutwa reminds me of the universality of our worlds...and makes me want to read much more on these subjects.
AIDS is taking the precious lives of so many, in your world and mine. Thank you for this informative awareness raising piece.
Voted UP and UABI...a sad but fascinating read. Hugs, Maria
prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on December 26, 2012:
Very informative hub. I had never heard about Credo Mutwa before reading this hub. I learn many things here. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Mary Craig from New York on December 26, 2012:
I think the sum of this hub is best said in your last sentence, "Like Americans, Europeans and Asians they are divided into groups, each and everyone with their unique concepts, believes, visions and missions." If we continue to seek different 'visions and missions' we will never be able to get this world together in peace! We can have different beliefs and visions but our mission in life needs to be to unite this one big world!
Beautifully done Martie! Voted up, useful, and interesting.