Mua Mission - the White Fathers

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Mua Mission is a Catholic Mission and is one of the oldest in Malawi, It was established at the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment by the so-called "White Fathers" in 1902. White refering to the way they were dressed and not to the colour of their skin. On the 13th of September 1902 three White Fathers arrived at Mua after nightfall and pitched their tent under a boabab tree. This is where the Chamare Museum is today. Mua Mission is running a primary school, a secondary school, a school for deaf children, a training centre for woodcarving and the KuNgoni Arts Centre.

Part of the KuNgoni Art Centre is the Chamare Museum. It is a compact ethnographic museum and is undoubtedly the best in Malawi. It describes the Chewa, Ngoni and Yao cultures, their rites of passage, their interaction with one another and their encounter with Islam and Christianity. It also holds a unique display of Gule Wamkulu masks.

The mission is the main training centre for woodcarving, and it´s possible to visit the workshop where you will see the carvers holding down the wood they are working on with their feet while they carve. The KuNgoni Art Centre at the mission sells the work from two sites.

Mua Mission is certainly an interesting place and if you would like to spend some time there, the Mission also provide accommodation, either chalets or camping. Prices are 7000 Mk (57 USD) pr room (two charing) or 5000 Mk single. Camping cost 1100 Mk pr tent.
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Posted on: Jul 09, 2010
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