another day, another beasty! today we travel to the Zambezi river and meet a god 🤩
The Nyami Nyami, otherwise known as the Zambezi River God or Zambezi Snake spirit, is one of the most important gods of the Tonga people. Nyami Nyami is believed to protect the Tonga people and give them sustenance in difficult times.
Variously described as having the body of a snake and the head of a fish, a whirlpool or a river dragon, the Nyami Nyami is seen as the god of Zambezi Valley and the river before the creation of the Kariba Dam. The Nyami Nyami is regularly depicted as a snake-like being or dragon-like creature with a snake's torso and the head of a fish.
The Nyaminyami is said to reside in the Zambezi River and control the life in and on the river. The spirits of Nyaminyami and his wife residing in the Kariba Gorge are God and Goddess of the underworld. The Tonga people believe the building of the Kariba Dam deeply offended Nyami Nyami, separating him from his wife. The regular flooding and many deaths during the dam's construction were attributed to his wrath. After the Dam was completed the Tonga believe that Nyami Nyami withdrew from the world of men.
thank you for telling me about it George B.! 😊🙌
I used the head of a Tiger fish found in the Zambezi river to depict this one:) they look quite creepy!
also there is a great legend on the Nyami Nyami wikipedia page, check it out!👌
TBT- My great nephew Yusef, yes my cute little prince, namesake of FC eldest grandson, such a humble spirit like your grandpa 😊☺️😘 love u my little mini FC, Ofa Atu always 😍😍😍😍 #GIG#Tonga/African/Kiwi #toocuteforwords❤️
Feeling incredibly grateful tonight🙏🏾 In just two weeks we raised $130 to go towards Care Packages for beautiful families in Tonga after Cyclone Gita - thank you & malo to you all for your help in giving back! 🇹🇴✨🌸 HAPPY ALMOST FRIDAY EVERYONE!❤️
my Kmart jandals broke twice walking to the train station from home. when I got there, I didn't even know where I was going... & it started to rain like crazy!! I couldn't see through my glasses cos they were wet, had to wait to get picked up, only to see the school was literally up the road, LITERALLY, I just had to walk up the next street, dammit!!! B U T it was all worth it to see the beautiful souls of Kuraby Special School with the widest smiles & dancing non stop 💛😁💃 it was a precious moment w/ precious faces 💛 God is good
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Tonga, officially the Kingdom of Tonga,🇹🇴 is a Polynesian sovereign state and archipelagocomprising 169 islands, of which 36 are inhabited. 🏝️The total surface area is about 750 square kilometres (290 sq mi) scattered over 700,000 square kilometres (270,000 sq mi) of the southern Pacific Ocean.🌏 It has a population of 107,122 people, of whom 70% reside on the main island of Tongatapu.👫
Tonga became known in the West as the "Friendly Islands" because of the congenial reception accorded to Captain James Cook on his first visit in 1773.🤓 He arrived at the time of the ʻinasi festival, the yearly donation of the First Fruits to the Tuʻi Tonga (the islands' paramount chief) and so received an invitation to the festivities.💃 According to the writer William Mariner, the chiefs wanted to kill Cook during the gathering but could not agree on a plan.😂
Tonga's economy is characterised by a large non-monetary sector and a heavy dependence on remittances from the half of the country's population who live abroad (chiefly in Australia, New Zealand and the United States). 🤑The royal family and the nobles dominate and largely own the monetary sector of the economy – particularly the telecommunications and satellite services.👑 Tonga was named the sixth most corrupt country in the world by Forbes magazine in 2008.🕵️
The climate is tropical with a distinct warm period (December–April), during which the temperatures rise above 32 °C (89.6 °F), and a cooler period (May–November), with temperatures rarely rising above 27 °C (80.6 °F).🌞
Each year, Southern Hemisphere Humpback Whales leave their feeding grounds in Antarctica and swim to the tropical waters of Tonga to mate and give birth.😍 They like the shallow protected waters between the islands to nurse and the deeper water for mating.🐳
Wisely, the Tongan government has realized the value of Humpback whales in terms of eco-tourism and the money it brings into local communities in the form of charter fees, souvenirs, restaurants, hotels, taxis, and taxes. 🐋
#Tonga, #secretcountries, #secretworld, #secwor, #10
My TEN year old went scuba diving with Chad yesterday. I already knew she was brave, but there was zero hesitation when Chad asked her if she wanted to join him. 😳 The boys and I snorkeled above Ava and Chad while they scuba’d below us. Somehow, after their dive, Ava got out of the water and I swear she looked like she was 15 instead of 10. I was so proud of this girl and that cute Chad of mine. Not to mention the water and the fish were simply other-worldly. So many incredible moments. We saw countless beautiful fish, a leopard shark and an eagle ray. 🐠🐟🦈 #travelwiththetalbots#travelingfamily#tonga#haapai
Wide-angle category - winner. 2018
Photo by @greg.lecoeur Humpback whale spy hopping (France).Location: Vavau', Tonga Tonga offers probably the best opportunity to interact with humpback whales in blue water.The judges commented: "An amazing subject, caught at the precise peak of the action Greg's split level is an image that truly justifies being a splitlevel. The gesture of the humpback reaching out with its pectoral in completes the moment. #Vavau#Tonga#Underwater#Humpback#Winner