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In the complex and unpredictable world of ufology, compelling evidence often emerges in the most unexpected places, and from the mouths of the most unexpected people. The South African sangoma (a shaman or healer) and high sanusi (clairvoyant and lore-master) Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa is a case in point. Credo is recognized by many as one of the most distinguished African traditional healers of the 20th century. He is, in fact, the spiritual leader of the sanusis and sangomas of South Africa. He is also an artist and writer of some repute.
Given his impressive credentials, it might strike the reader as surprising that Credo claims to have been abducted by beings his people, the Zulus, call the mantindane. Even more surprising is the fact that these creatures look and act exactly like what we in the West call the “grays.”
Credo was born in 1921 in the South African province of Natal. The name Vusamazulu means “awakener of the Zulus,” and was given to Credo during his initiation as a sangoma. Mutwa means “little bush man.” He was given the name Credo (“I believe”) by his Roman Catholic father, who disowned him when he decided to renounce Christianity and become a medicine man.
The late John E. Mack was among one of the first UFO researchers in the West to interview Credo. Credo has also been interviewed by the Australian UFO researcher Bill Chalker, the controversial conspiracy theorist David Icke, and even Zecharia Sitchin, author of The Earth Chronicles. All of these men have been involved in research concerning a subject that could best be described as alien intervention. According to Credo, when he talks about extraterrestrials and other topics of this nature he often feels “caught between, on the one hand, Western thought, including the Christian religion, and African thought, which accepts these things without question.”
Mack first met Credo in 1994, during a short trip to South Africa. “Credo seemed a noble, even regal figure with his colorful robes and heavy metal adornments of the sangoma, which seemed as if they ought to weigh him down,” explains Mack in Passport to the Cosmos. During the interview, Credo told Mack about his own alleged alien abduction experiences—experiences that Mack, an expert on the alien abduction phenomenon, found difficult not to take seriously.
Credo views the world as a strange and frightening place, controlled by alien forces who possess far more knowledge than, and are intellectually superior to, humanity. Some of these beings, he says, are wise, benevolent and wish to help us. But the same cannot be said of the mantindane, who are just as selfish and power-hungry as humans. They preserve humanity, he says, in order to protect their own self-interests, because they are “obsessed with self-preservation… This wish to play God over lesser beings is the same with us and with them. Throughout the cosmos vice is the same.”
Some of these beings, says Credo, have covertly and profoundly influenced all human cultures and civilizations for millennia. They have aided our evolution and helped us survive by providing us with knowledge, primarily of a scientific nature. Some of them, the mantindane in particular, are “part of the Earth,” and therefore should not be considered foreign. “We and the mantindane are one and the same stupid race,” says Credo. “Far from these creatures being aliens, they are our future descendants. I am sure of this.”
As regards different types of alien beings, the mantindane are apparently the most important to Africans, who fear them greatly. The word mantindane, by the way, translates as “the tormentors.” Credo described these entities to Mack as troublesome and “parasitic,” claiming that they “instil superstition, sow discord, and may even cause disease.”....Read the rest of this article exclusively in the May 2008 issue of FATE. Click here to buy this issue now!