– by Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa

The Song of the Stars is truly the song of Africa, for you will find legends and lore about the Sun and the Moon, and all the stars throughout this vast continent. And the mythology, and even the histories of our people, are full of descriptions, not only of the stars and planets, but of the intelligent beings that belong to them, and how they have interacted with human beings.

For example, the Dogon speak of visitors that came from what we call “Star of the Wolf,” Peri Orifici Orimbisi (Sirius). We believe that it was the very first star from which mankind was driven away after a gigantic war against the sea-dwelling fish people. We believe that we were brought to this world inside a hollowed-out moon by the two sons of Nommo, the great and kindly father of the sea-people of that world.

For the people of Africa, the skies are full of life; yes, even the origin of life may be attributed to the stars! On the plains of Africa, it has seemed to many people, that there are the Herds of Eternity; but really, for the African mind, the living animals of the Serengeti plains are reflections of their heavenly cousins. The Herds of Eternity are really in the stars; there also is to be found the origin and destiny of humanity.

Life can take many forms. Look at the forms that life can take on this planet alone. Here in the bush, there are insects you could easily mistake for rocks or for pieces of bark – until one of them stings you, that is. Life does not have to consist of bipeds who move and breathe and smoke cigars as we do. The universe is a gigantic chamber of possibility where everything has the chance and the right to happen; and so we must not have cut-and-dried theories regarding just how life should look. Life could surprise us!


Mark Henson, Spiral Genesis, 2004, oil on canvas, 121 x 152 cm, www.markhensonart.com

Take these teachings: That we are all brothers and sisters; the children of one father and mother; that all human beings are interconnected; that we share many thoughts and feelings that we imagine about the world, about the future, about each other; and that the images and dreams we hold in our minds and hearts do matter. Treat children and animals with kindness, and pass this wisdom on to the generations to come, and I assure you that there will come a time when our grandchildren, or our great-great grandchildren will live in a world of beauty and harmony. And they will hear a far-off music, a beautiful, cosmic music, that will lift them beyond all fear, all suffering and limitation, into a universal brotherhood, beyond this little world and its fearful dreams. That music will draw closer and yet closer with its message of hope and becoming. That music is the Song of the Stars. Indaba.


Credo Mutwa is a South African Zulu Sangoma and High Sanusi. Besides being a traditional shamanic healer, he is an expert on the occult history of Africa, a world acclaimed author, artist, poet, sculptor, and nature conservationist.