Seasoned traditionalist and sangoma Sekuru Mutasa has urged people to respect the month of November which is believed to be when the ancestors will be resting.
According to Zimbabwe’s cultural norms, it is believed that ancestral spirits rest during the month of November, known as mwedzi we mbudzi.
During this month everything with links to the spiritual and ancestral world of Zimbabwean tradition temporarily ceases to function because ancestors will be resting.
Most of the communities avoid holding weddings, lobola ceremonies as well other activities.
It is believed that during this month, people can gather all their wishes and requests where they can present them to the ‘heavens’.
Sekuru Mutasa however, is of the view that most communities no longer respect the month.
“This is an important month to us vemadzitare and Vakombwe. We need to keep this period as it is important, this is the time to give all our requests to those above.
“This is the time to create muono vemakwenzi, this is the time again to respect, as no other cultural activities are performed.
“This is the time to cleanse ourselves rather than to be promiscuous and we need to respect this month.”
Sekuru Mutasa who is the founder of Zimbabwe Spirit Mediums and Prophet Angels Association (ZSMPAA) said, if all the procedures are respected, the heavens will hear all the pleas.
“We have seen people failing to follow all the sacredness of this month.
“Tinofanira kupembedza and just like what we are calling from ZSMPAA that we need to restore all the cultural values and protect ancestral sites across the country as well as providing spiritual ceremonies and rituals to assist those with diseases.
“All these can be achieved if we do everything in accordance.
“But what surprises us is that, you see people committing crimes every day, people go against the cultural norms which should be followed.
“So my advice is that people should just do as this month is reserved for. This month isu vematare goes before our ancestors to communicate with them so that we seek what we want,” he said.