CRYPTIDS abound in Southern Africa. – A Brochure for the Cryptid Fraternity.
We start this brochure with a quote by T.V. Bulpin, a celebrated publisher from Cape Town, South Africa who specialises in books based in Africa and on truth and reality. However, when the subject is Cryptids, then how wide lie the borders of truth and reality, in relation to legend, myth and even fiction.
Quote by TV Bulpin
“There is no part of the world with a richer mythology than Southern Africa.
Between life and death, between sleeping and walking, in the twilight zone of nightmare, fantasy and dream, there lurks a vast, weird, supernatural sub-culture – the myriad imaginative creations of the cosmopolitan people who have migrated to and collected in this vast cul-de-sac at the southern end of the continent of Africa.”
In our brochures we shall spend our time around those mythical as well as real, perhaps unproven creatures, of Southern Africa which originated within the lives of the odd dozen Peoples termed indigenous to the region, where some of the ‘legends’ are still very much Alive.
Many are water based or related to, as in rain which, as everywhere in the world is one of the most sacred of Mother Nature’s gifts, especially so in the pre-history of these indigenous people.
Cryptozoology; Ignored Science
In a previous brochure Cryptozoology was described as a “study of hidden animals”, which is somewhat ambiguous and it may be justifiably altered to “the study of and search for hidden and real creatures” which also defines a ‘cryptid’ more closely. They are not always recognizable as ‘animals’ and often they are real, merely extinct.
Do not lose site of the multiple ‘cryptids’ searched for over centuries by cryptozoologists, which when found, suddenly disappeared from Cryptozoology into the mainline scientifically acceptable journals; their cryptid ancestry completely swept out the door of history.
Such were the Okapi, the Giant Squid and the celebrated Coelacanth. In Southern Africa the most amazing and descriptive record of the existence of numerous Cryptids have been conserved for posterity by the Bushmen, the genuine first inhabitants of the region, in their magnificent rock art, preserved to this day, all now declared heritage sites.
Proof on the Rocks
Brochures on this subject explain, so many of those rock murals, created over centuries, perhaps millennia, have depicted rain creatures, or gods. Those have taken various forms of which many are recognisable as commonplace animals. A hippopotamus, not surprising as it always lives in and around water, another as a rhinoceros, which only goes to water when thirsty, or an elephant, which loves to cavort in water and mud .
These ancient artists were remarkably accurate in portraying actual proportionate versions of the commonplace animals in their paintings. Therefore it is surprising and very interesting, to find such obvious contrasts to that symmetry in some murals, that those seriously command further investigation.
For instance the multiple-humped back elephant.
Whether reported in brochures or not, real science has not been able to determine the age of most of these artworks and some may well be prehistoric, therefore, this multiple humped-backed animal may well represent a back-finned dinosaur; in this instance with a shorter neck and an enormous trunk, which may have roamed the African planes. Who will prove that false?
Paintings in Brochures
Numerous displays of therianthropic creatures, bipedal humanoids, yet with other animal characteristics.
One is very common, the winged ‘humanoid’ creature, which appears regularly in rain governing roles. It may quickly be argued those depict medicine men, or witch doctors, (still abundantly present in daily life) dressed up for the occasion.
That argument is easily countered, because these characters are often shown in flight, high above the humans on the ground. These anomalies have often been printed in brochures
Remember what we wrote in previous brochures: The reality of proportions in the paintings; then consider the fact, these therianthropics are often painted as actually being in flight above all other earth bound creatures pictured, so, why can they not be pterodactyls? Or other extinct flying animals with bodies and legs resembling those of humans?
Some others are gigantic snakes seemingly up to 50 meters long, with rhino bodies yet adorned with huge fanged jaws. Others are massive elephantine monsters also with massive jaws and no trunks, some even sporting huge fish fins; all very real, or not, which remnants are perhaps just waiting to be discovered.
Just another cryptid metamorphosing to recognised reality. A subject for more future brochures.
On the subject of reality in portrayal, too many to be coincidental, of those artworks show human-like as well as ‘other’ figures in boats.
That is not strange, except when the art is abundant in areas which have been desert for as long back as studies can determine and, again these boats are mostly shown to be floating in the air above the other creatures. This may certainly add another perspective to “searching for hidden animals”, in any of our future brochures.
Wasn’t the Zepelin called a ‘flying ship’? Is ET a Cryptid?
We could devote some brochures on visiting Aliens even.
The South African legend of legends needs it’s own bibliography, to which we will dedicate some brochures in future.
Of the multiple water and rain gods (not always with a positive connotation) there are the few mentioned above, then the actual living Rain Queen Modjadji, a real black woman (long deceased), who to this day is ‘responsible’ for rain and whose descendants still live in the fertile valleys around Tzaneen in the Limpopo Province.
‘Inkamyamba’ rears its Ugly Head
Some more are really wicked, like the ‘Inkamyamba’, who deserves one of our brochures. He is a lake monster, the likeness of a giant serpent with a horse-like head which lived in the basin of the Howick Falls, a few kilometres North of Pietermaritzburg, Kwazulu Natal. It is blamed for numerous deaths among the locals, as well as causing storms when he gets upset. Inkamyamba’s very close relative and nearby neighbour, ‘Mamlambo’, was really vicious and would make Freddie Kreuger, of horror movie fame, envious. Mamlambo ate off peoples faces and sucked out their brains, active as recently as 1997 when he tallied 9 victims in short succession. Check the news archives!?
‘Mamlambo’ quaffs some Brains
‘Mamlambo’ lived in the Mzintlava River around the Mount Ayliff area, less than 200 km south east of his cousin in Howick, and his enthusiasm caused such a stir.
At the time numerous national newspapers, including the internationally respected ‘The Star’ in Johannesburg, 700 km north, printed serious reports about his shenanigans, which drew an inordinate amount of attention. Especially after a group of school teachers I a group together, all swore on their lives, they had witnessed ‘Mamlambo’ was alive and active in the Mzintlava river.
That so inflamed the locals and their furore was so loud, their plight went right upstairs to Parliament after which the agricultural minister discussed it in the legislature of Government, as well as promised to arrange for professional hunters to dispatch him. This professional hunt will be addressed in some future brochures.
Whether the hunt took place is uncertain, because the story was drowned, similarly to the 9 victims, before or after having their brains sucked out.
Check the news archives!?
Do not summarily dismiss Mamlambo’s tale, he has other characteristics to make him famous, he was at least 20 meters (nearly 70 feet) long, had (has?) the torso of a horse, with short legs, the lower body of a fish, a neck like a snake and he would glow at night. . . . .
Concoction of Body Parts
That concoction of body parts does not disqualify ‘Mamlambo’, it actually gaurantees his position as a hidden animal, a cryptid, because his distinctions are a carbon copy of the ‘Mosasaur’. The latter is an identified, documented marine reptile, believed to be extinct, as far back as the dinosaur, which qualifies him for a brochure of his own.
What are the chances, one survived, then terrorised a community in Natal?
Not all the mythical creatures in South Africa are water borne, there are a lot more, with a lot more to be told, of which probably the singularly best known, is the ‘Tokoloshe’, a knee high mischievous, mean, conniving and murderous little monster which, to boot has a penis to resemble an ox tail. None other deserves a brochure of his own, as this little devil does
The Chief in Charge
The Tokoloshe is not only a character in folklore, it is so real; to this day people fear for their lives when the Tokoloshe is called for by a witch doctor, on request from a vengeful neighbour. Such bewitching, like in Voodoo, have been noted in many reports.
On the other hand, a rap singer presently has a hit song celebrating the mischief of that same Tokoloshe. Check with your favourite D.J.
T.V Bulpin was definitely right about South Africa. We will draft many more brochures on this subject