23 August 2010
After spending the last two weeks very productively in the US, I am
now in South Africa with David Icke, visiting Credo Mutwa, the great
Zulu shaman, healer, and keeper of African tradition.
here is - as best we can - to chronicle and archive his life's work.
But when we arrived, Credo told us a horror story.
The short version of what happened is this. A few months ago Credo
was being pestered daily over the phone by someone who claimed he
was from a group of young Zulus about his "betrayal of the Zulu
nation" by talking so much to white people.
Exasperated, he put the famous and priceless Necklace of the
Mysteries on his shoulders and took a train to Swaziland to confront
the people who were giving him such a hard time.
When he arrived, he was set upon and tortured. They started trying
to pull his fingernails out with pliers. The Necklace was taken from
him, and he was put on a train back home. In the background,
throughout all this, was a white man whom Credo did not recognize.
If you know ANYTHING about the theft of this priceless, ancient
artifact, of inestimable value to the Zulu Nation, to the history of
Africa, and to the human race - but very likely now in the hands of
white men who are only interested in money - please
David Icke in full confidence. Thank you.
Credo is not beaten. Though blaming himself for being so cavalier,
he is as articulate and spellbinding in his delivery as always. This
is David's fourth visit to see him, their first meeting being in
1997. It is my first.
I've been privileged to meet many extremely remarkable people in the
last few years, but I have to say that Credo in the upper reaches of
that long list. Today we recorded three hours of his life story (and
what a story that is). I was honored to be in the room while he was
talking to David: I was more than blown away. David himself was at
one point reduced to tears.
I was aware of his work and his story, of course, but I had not been
really been prepared for the impact of meeting him personally.
not here as an interviewer on this trip: I'm here as cameraman with
the challenging job of making all the audio and video work in highly
non-optimum conditions. But I would have paid a great deal of money
to be where I was today.
We're here for another week, and will be recording material from
Credo for several hours every day.
He is now 89, and while he is
mentally and intellectually razor sharp (I would place him as a
gifted and fluent speaker the equal of anyone I have ever met), he
is not well and is suffering a great deal: both he and David feel
sure it will be their last meeting. It has been quite an emotional
and eventful trip so far.
I'll report more later, although Internet access is very limited.
The resulting videos will not be Avalon material, but will be sold
as a DVD set to support Credo's family and work. We've not yet
figured exactly how we will proceed... all that will come later.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank an extremely generous
sponsor - and if you are reading this, you know exactly who you are
- who has made this special trip possible for David and myself. When
David phoned Credo a few months ago to tell him we were coming to
record his life's work and teachings, Credo wept.
What we are doing
together is that important to him, and despite his recent ordeal is
he rising to the occasion every day.
He is in my opinion somewhere
right up there with the greatest of great souls, a wonderful human
being, an extraordinary inspiration, a spokesman for Africa and for
all of mankind.
True to that depiction, he would laugh at what I have just
The Torture of Credo Mutwa
The Theft of The Necklace of Mysteries