It is believed the word cyclone means the coil of the snake, 'kyklon'' or 'kukloma' in Greek, a reference to the strong, spiralling winds rotating clockwise down here, and anticlockwise in the Northern hemisphere. King Sobhuza, the current king’s father, was named Nkhotfojeni because he cried heavily upon seeing his father for the first time, indicating rainmaking powers. Swaziland’s mystery system, or what you would call her mythology, fully endorses the idea of kings and queens with geoengineering abilities.
Forget the Swazi Traditional Religion: the law which practically governs everyday Swazi life suggests the king is incapable of lying or doing wrong. Such is the nature superpower, but today we’re gathered here today because of rain, strong winds and furious rain. Cyclone Eloise wreaked havoc in both the Republic of Mozambique and the Kingdom of Swaziland. The National Disaster Management Agency of Swaziland issued a warning as well as emergency guidelines to follow in order to reduce the impact of the cyclone. Meteorological Services couldn’t help but chime in as well, warning the rains would be unlike any the country has seen in a while. The public was encouraged to stay indoors and make sure pets and livestock are safe.
Swaziland broke into the New Year by celebrating her First Fruits Festival, locally known as Incwala. One of the most important aspects of Incwala involves fetching ‘holy water’ from Mozambique, a task carried out by ritual men known as the water party or bemanti. Cyclone Eloise hit shortly after Incwala and a lot of emaSwati are wondering if the secret rituals are to blame for the dramatic weather, or natural disaster rather.
King Versus Cobra
There is another legend in the kingdom, it has nothing to do with the king and how extraordinary he is compared to a commoner, it has to do with the animal world. It is believed that a seven-headed snake called uLamlambo also causes such extreme weather conditions like the kind the kingdom faced recently. Mighty storms are attributed to the snake, with many emaSwati claiming that its movements are the reason for their weather woes. As a matter of fact, one source suggests that the snake mistakes shiny metal sheet roofs for dams or rivers, causing it to dive in head-first and resulting in the eventual ripping or breaking of roofs from the storm.
It’s not the first time panic and pandemonium arises from a cyclone in the nation. In March of 2012, Cyclone Irina went on a rampage throughout the region. The late Prime Minister Sibusiso Dlamini joined forces with government spokesperson Percy Simelane to appear on national television and address the nation on the matter. In what some described as one of the funniest public addresses ever made in the kingdom, the two advised the Swazi people to climb up mountains and set up temporary shelters. This prompted people to get their go-bags and head for the hills at the slightest sight of a black cloud.
Do you think King Mswati created the cyclone or did the seven-headed snake do it? Do you believe the king has powers and the snake exists? Who is more powerful; the king or the snake? Sink your fangs into the comments below, educate yourself on emergency preparedness, and FOLLOW FOR EVERYTHING KING MSWATI!
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