Guardians of the Past — Harbingers of the future
by Julie Gillentine
Anthropological orthodoxy insists that civilization began in Sumeria six thousand years ago, and the modern metropolis is the pinnacle of culture and evolution on the planet. But, circa World War II, humanity shattered the rails of our technological playpen, sporting new atomic bombs. And, it is said, Space-faring ETs took notice, and silver saucers suddenly filled the skies. The UFO era was born; Roswell was a defining moment.
An alternate view is emerging, however. According to indigenous peoples from the Americas to South Africa, they have guarded the hidden history of humanity all along, quietly maintaining contact with visiting and resident stellar relatives. Mobilized, now, by what they believe is the fulfilment of long-prophesied warnings, the elders of these indigenous people around the world have begun, they say, to break vows of silence and share their ancient secret stellar wisdom.
Thanks to the work of Robert Temple, in his book entitled The Sirius Mystery, the startling knowledge of Sirius and its dwarf companion by Africa’s Dogon tribe is widely known. The Dogon possess knowledge, such as the star system’s orbital periods and the companion star’s invisibility, which cannot be confirmed by naked eye observation, and which modern Astronomers have learned only relatively recently.
In South Africa, Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a renowned Zulu elder and author of Song of the Stars: The Lore of a Zulu Shaman, claims that, in terms of knowledge of African shamans, this is but the tip of the astronomical iceberg. Credo Mutwa has chosen a path of ‘openness’, coming forward to share secret star lore of indigenous Black Africans. “I pray that this effort will unite thinking people around the world and diminish the severity of our prophecies,” Credo explained recently. A master storyteller, he has travelled to more than twenty countries sharing his vision and wisdom despite the great personal loss which his openness has cost him. Credo’s son was brutally murdered, apparently, by those who want him silenced.
Indigenous cosmology of stellar relationships is complex, he explains, often dwelling at the heart of sacred ceremony. Rich oral traditions, including protocol for contact and how to distinguish friendly off-earth visitors from those who are potentially harmful, have been handed down from one sangoma, (shaman) to the next for thousands of years. Star lore is an essential component of sangoma training.
According to Credo Mutwa, “In every language in Africa, the meaning of star is Bringer of knowledge? or Bringer of enlightenment.” Elder Credo Mutwa has travelled the continent of Africa, sculpting haunting images of visitors from the stars, which were described to him by other African shamans. “These beings have been coming and going to Africa for forty thousand years,” he says. Some bear striking resemblance to beings reported by modern experience’s of the UFO phenomenon.
Cradled in South Africa’s Kruger National Park lies a private game reserve called Timbavati. This emerald jewel of the African bush is almost mythical in reputation. White lions are born in here, it is said. “A long story is told about a chieftainess called Numbi,” Elder Credo recounts. “Many generations ago, she and her people saw a burning white light like a star fall out of the sky right where Timbavati is today.
The story is that it was not a star; it was a shining ball of metal, brighter than the Sun. When this ball came down to the ground, Queen Numbi, who was a sick old woman at that time, went towards the light and was swallowed by the light. In that light, very faintly seen, were strange beings with very large heads. These beings received Numbi into the light, and for some hours she was inside. When she emerged and walked toward her people; she had become much younger than when she had gone into the light.
“After that star fell, stayed on the ground for some days, and then rose back into the sky, strange things started happening there. Cattle with two heads were born repeatedly. Lions, leopards and even impalas with snow white fur and green eyes were born, until to this very day. This story is one of the most amazing in Africa. Even to this day, white animals are still being born in Timbavati. Some years ago, a snow white elephant with beautiful blue eyes and long tusks used to roam the area, until white adventurers shot it.
“When a tribe of invaders appeared at Timbavati many years after Numbi’s experience,” Credo said, “they brought sacred stones which had been taken from Zimbabwe, and planted these stones there in honour of that place. Timbavati, which is Zulu for ‘the falling down of a star’? is one of the holiest places in South Africa . But now its story is lost and has been overshadowed by a lot of nonsense.”
The standing stones of Timbavati, brought from Zimbabwe to honour Numbi’s visitors, are reminiscent of megalithic sites around the world and give mute testimony to the antiquity of the place. Most of the stones now lie on the ground, overgrown by the grasses of the African bush, but the outline of a large circle is suggested. This writer stood on the spot at March Equinox sunrise–the beginning of autumn in the Southern Hemisphere–and the alignment of certain stones which remain erect pointed to the eastern horizon.
The standing stones have a resonant quality when struck with a smaller stone, similar to the deep, bell like resonance of certain Egyptian monoliths. Adjacent to Timbavati is an enigmatic place known as Manyeleti, which means, “Gateway to the Stars.” A community of thirty shamans lives there because they believe Manyeleti binds heaven and Earth.
In his book, Credo Mutwa relates a prophetic vision of four great leaders emerging around the world: red, black, white and yellow. The colours are the same as the Lakota Medicine Wheel, mentioned below, and four races of humanity. “These leaders will work to unite the planet,” Elder Credo says. “One of these, a female leader, will arise in America. She will be called the Red Savior, because of the fiery color of her hair.” Native Americans, such as the Lakota Sioux, have an expression, “Mitakuye Oyasin,” which means “All our relations.” Four-leggeds, winged ones, crawling ones, plant and stone nations are greeted as relatives. The Lakota Medicine Wheel is composed of red, black, white and yellow, representing four races of humanity. Within Native American cosmogony, it is natural to include and respect the Star Nations among extended family members.
Standing Elk, Dakota Elder and Sun Dance chief, recently presented an open letter to the Elders of Turtle Island. “My heart told me to speak of the secret knowledge of Native Americans concerning the Star Nations, since the time of our prophecies is at hand.” Believing the knowledge belongs to the world, Standing Elk has created Star Knowledge Gatherings, a forum to share this information. Sharing such secrets is controversial and unpopular with some native peoples. Standing Elk, like his African counterpart, has received numerous threats.
At Standing Elk’s gatherings, Native Elders share the conference podium with prestigious researchers in the UFO field. “Alien” contactees speak openly of their experiences. Indigenous Elders perform ceremony and give candid testimony of their knowledge and relationship to the Star Nations.