Piezoelectric Temples in Zimbabwe
Mumbahuru: Serpent Goddess Rising
June 20, 2001
Who built Great Zimbabwe? This is the question that has
hung over these mysterious ruins ever since their discovery
by the German explorer, Carl Mauch in 1871...
The current wisdom is that Great Zimbabwe was built by
the indigenous people of Zimbabwe between the 12th and
14th centuries CE. This may be so, however there are
some tantalising clues which - when coupled together with
the beliefs of a particular sect of Hinduism - cast an entirely
new light on the purpose for which one of its main sections
There are two main structures at Great Zimbabwe. The hilltop
'Acropolis' and the Mumbahuru (House of the Great
Woman), or Great Enclosure, found in the valley below.
The Mumbahuru, with its 11m high granite outer walls, has
a distinct egg or womb-like appearance. Contained within
this massive outer wall is a maze of walls and passageways.
What seems to have been largely overlooked and ignored is
the distinct human shape outlined by these inner walls.
Aerial overviews of the granite-block walls of the Mumbahuru
are usually presented in books on Great Zimbabwe with the
north entrance at the top. However, when this layout is
turned to the right almost 90 degrees... a seated figure is
suddenly revealed... the distinct outline of a figure sitting in a
cross-legged, lotus position. This seated figure, considered
on its own, is enough to excite the imagination, however
there are additional pieces of evidence that point strongly to
a never-before formulated idea: that the Mumbahuru was
used for the practice of Tantrism, the ancient Indian religion
that utilises sexual energy and sexual imagery to attain
Links between Great Zimbabwe and India have long been
acknowledged by archaeologists and researchers. The
earliest gold mines in Zimbabwe were believed to have been
dug using methods found only in India, and the word
Mashona, the name of the African people who inhabit this
area, derives from 'shona' an Indian word for gold. According
to Dr Cyril Hromnik, the most well-known exponent of the
early influence of India on Africa, 'material evidence of Indian
presence in eastern, central and even southern Africa in the
pre-1500 period is found in abundance.' He points out that
ancient sources make it clear that Indian ships sailed regularly
to the coast of East Africa and that Indian languages were
commonly spoken by the traders in the ports of East Africa.
It's possible that Indians built Great Zimbabwe, or alternatively that the indigenous people who may have built
it were heavily influenced by Indian Tantric beliefs. What evidence is there that the Mumbahuru was built and
used specifically for Tantric practises? Quite a lot.
One of the central tenets of Tantric yoga is the belief in a powerful sexual energy, called the Kundalini, which is
located in the Muladhara chakra, an energy point located at the bottom of the spine in the genital area. The
object of Tantric meditation and practise is to awaken this Kundalini energy - symbolised by a coiled, female
serpent - causing it to rise up through the other chakras which are located up along the spine, until it penetrates
the head, bringing about a state of spiritual bliss.
The 10m high conical tower whose phallic shape closely resembles some of the stone 'fertility objects' illustrated
on this page... Reinforcing the Kundalini idea is the serpentine chevron pattern found running along the outside
top of the outer wall. This pattern stretches in an arc that effectively cups the bottom of the figure, thus indicating
where the Kundalini energy is located (see dotted line in the wall diagram.) The fact that this chevron pattern is
made up of two serpentine lines also echoes Tantric symbolism: in Indian art, the serpentine Kundalini energy is
pictured going up two intertwining nerve channels up the spine to the brain, these being called the ida and
The Mumbahuru appears to be an exact blueprint of the central symbols of Tantrism. Look at the lower part of the
seated figure: the round crescent at the base of the figure can be seen as the outline of his scrotum, which in turn
is situated right next to one of the most well known features of the Mumbahuru, the phallic conical tower. This area
would be synonomous with the Muladhara chakra in which the Kundalini resides. A long, narrow passageway
begins right next to the figure's genitals and probably represents the route the Kundalini takes as it travels up his
spine to his head.
Some of the stone 'fertility objects' excavated from inside the Mumbahuru during the 19th century. Measuring about
10cm, these phallic objects are believed to have been used at Great Zimbabwe to awaken the Kundalini energy...
When the stone altar section (the scrotum shape as viewed from above) was excavated in the 19th century, scores
of so-called `fertility stones' were discovered. Some of these are on display in the South African Museum in Cape
Town, and at Groote Schuur which was once the home of Cecil Rhodes...
As fate would have it, there is a Zulu term which points to a direct link between indigenous African religion and the
Indian concept of the Kundalini. In his book 'Song of the Stars: the lore of a Zulu shaman', Credo Mutwa writes:
My grandfather taught the Zulu version of what is called in English 'meditation'. How
softly and gently like a whisper until you feel something like a hot coiled
snake ascending your spine and bursting through
the top of your head - a fearsome
thing that is known as umbilini. This umbilini, my grandfather told me, is the
the primal source of the sangoma's powers. A sangoma must be able to summon
this umbilini at will
through the beating of the drum and through meditation.
Unlike the Judaeo-Christian view of the snake representing evil, in ancient African, Egyptian and Indian religion it is
generally regarded as a positive symbol, representing as it does the creative life-force of the earth goddess. In the
South African region this snake goddess was called Mamlambo; in Zimbabwe she is identified with the Zambezi
river serpent, Inyaminyami; in West Africa today she is called Mamiwata; in ancient Egypt she was known as Wadjet
(one of the various forms taken by the goddess Isis); and in India she is associated with both the Kundalini and
Shakti, the consort of Shiva. In all these cultures the snake - usually the cobra - is her symbolic manifestation...
The Mumbahuru complex and 'Acropolis' megalithic temple show all of the hallmarks of the
Sanskrit kundalini sacred technology found throughout the world, often in gigantic dimensions.
Psychoacoustic symbols are serially repeated throughout the linked sites: double zigzag
waveforms atop the walls, the fetal development layout, birds and flight. The piezoelectric quartz
content of the stones are used to resonate the calcite biomineralizations of the pineal gland,
inducing a hemispheric synchronization in the brain. Many walls within the enclosure were a
mixture of quartz agreggate and an iron-rich clay, both of which enhance the electroacoustic
resonance of the space.
The source of the energies once transduced by the Mumbahuru temples (20.27°S 30.93°E) is located 3,413 miles
due north along the 31st longitude: the Orion pyramids at Giza, Egypt. The fetal
development symbolism suggests that an advanced matriarchal Sanskrit culture used a 1.45 Hz
beating to develop enhanced consciousness within the very womb itself.