Soko Murehwa

From Pindula
Monkey/Soko/Ncube

Soko Murehwa is a Zimbabwean totem/mutupo/isibongo. The totem has a very long history among the indigenous societies which include the Shona, the Ndebele, Tonga, Venda, Kalanga, among others. Every totem has a branch which distinguishes it from the others. In Shona, these small branches are referred to as chidawo in Shona. In this particular instance, Murehwa is the chidawo for the totem.

Soko Murehwa, which belongs to the main Soko cluster has a close relationship with the animal monkey and its taboos include refraining from monkey meat. It has for long been used as a form of identity; identifying people of belonging to that totem with a unique social, economic, or historical background and past. It was thus a common unifying factor which bound together individuals, families and clans.

Totems in Zimbabwe are not a thing of the past despite the changes that have come with time. Many people are still identified by their respective totems. Like other totems in Zimbabwe, the Soko Murehwa totem is used in addressing people, by and large the elders, and is associated with family dignity and respect. It has also been used in praise poetry, thanksgiving, even in times of mourning.

Shona Praise Poem

Maita Soko
Murehwa
Zvaitwa, Matarira;
Soko yangu yiyi
Maita Marovahombe
Mwana webveni
Chirongo
Zvaitwa Tateguru
Zvaitwa Wagutahuzamura
Maita zvenyu Vari Makoromokwa
VaGurusvusvu
Vana vaGurumwandira

Maita VaRisinamhapa
VaNhambatsva
Vachitamba neruwere
Vamahobi anenge rihwa

Zvaitwa Mukuruvara
Mushonganamawere
Kuziva zvenyu, VaNhombatsva
Mvurume

Maita Mwana waPfumojena
muranganepfumo
Mugagami
Vane meso anoendaenda
kunge zangira remukaka

Maita VaJena
Chirongo changu chichi
Vane kufamba kunenge kukavira nyimo
Kutizira kuchinge kudyara nzungu
Makudzagwara
Vanorarama nezvokuba

Maita Vari Mandiya
Vari Kaporomondo
Zvaitwa WaBveni
Wakakumba dzose netsombori
nehwenya
nohowa
matunduru namatamba
Vana vaNzvere
VaKanorimona
mhanza ichipenya
semheni yemvura yemunhurukwa
Vorutovatova
Pambambarize maiti mobviswa, maiti “Ndofira pano”
Pamasvosve maitakura chara negumbo
VaHunye Mukonde
Muchinamira ruware somunobika kana kupakura sadza

Mava pashongwe, mokarara, mukono waTingini
wakabva Mahumwi
kwakarera mukanwa nemunyu
Vane vhudzi risingapumhwi
VaMushambanezhizha

Zvaitwa Mwana waTingini
ari Mahumwi
anokwira Rupara nemeno

Hekani Chirongo
Aiwa zvaitwa
Zvaonekwa Mugagami[1]





References

  1. , Soko Murehwa,Shona History, retrieved:16 Mar 2015"