earthweal weekly challenge: WHITE LIONS

Marah, the founding lion who inspired the Global White Lion Protection Trust, with her cubs


by Sherry Marr

The Mystery of the White Lions, by Linda Tucker, is one of the most riveting books I’ve read in my life. In it, Linda, who lives in South Africa, documented her journey into the mysteries of the legendary White Lions of Africa.

In 1991, Linda had a profound encounter with lions that caused her to delve into the legends and mysteries surrounding these white, sometimes blue-eyed lions, who live only in Timbavati.

In contrast to the conventional view, which maintains that the aberrant white gene is a random mutation of no consequence, shamanic wisdom views the White Lions as “the highest form of enlightenment bearer or teacher, symbolic custodians of a message specifically intended for humankind at this particular time.”

Aboriginal people believe the white lions are “Star lions”, having spiritual powers. Linda studied with shaman Credo Mutwa, who told her the legend of blue-eyed beings who came from the stars, according to the Great Knowledge. The white lions are believed to be connected to those long-ago visitors.

The lions are endangered and unprotected, hunted in the wild, as well as in “canned hunting” compounds where, for a hefty price and a piece of their souls, great white hunters can shoot lions who have no means of escape.

By contrast, shamans believe that killing a “lion sun god” is sacrilege.  I agree with them.

Here are a few excerpts from the book:

Stories of the white lions’ existence lie deep in the ancestral memories of African shamans. Legend tells of “a star that fell to earth”, and how “many years later all animals that stayed in the area where the strange object  had settled on the ground  were giving birth to white offspring. … The people saw herds of antelope, impala and eland which were snow white with blue eyes. … And a pride of lions had moved into the area where the strange star  had come down from the sky and it was observed that they too started giving birth to white offspring with blue eyes.


[This reminds me of the First Nations’ prophecies and legends about the White Buffalo Calf Woman, who taught that white animals appear as a message to humankind. A white buffalo calf called Miracle was born in the Canadian Prairies in 1994. Recently, white ravens and moose and other animals have been spotted.]

Credo Mutwa, told Linda, “We live in prophetic times, ma’am – the White Lions have returned recently as prophets of this new age……they are very old beings, as old as life itself.”

After Linda had studied with him for some time, he revealed, “The White Lions guard a secret, ma’am…A secret which can save humankind.”

“Are we in need of saving, Credo?” Linda asked.

“Desperately, ma’am, and time is short.”

The shaman shared his knowledge with Linda, taxing her to warn the rest of us about the significance of the white lions.

“Behind me are the holiest animals in Africa: the White Lions of Timbavati. Our people believe that if these beasts vanish from the land, the whole of Africa will cease to exist.

“These animals are said to herald coming changes on the earth. These creatures ought to be preserved and protected, and the reason they are born of this color should be investigated. Africa has lost much of what is important and beautiful, through indifference, racism, and religious fanaticism. It is said that at the end of the world, a White Lion will roar for the last time – heralding the disappearance of the sun from the sky for all time.

“The White Lions of Timbavati . must not be allowed to vanish from the pages of our country’s history. I cannot say more.”

Midway through the book, as the author studies more deeply with the shaman, we get into astronomy, ancient wisdom, cave drawings, our relation to the stars. For example.: “The Great Knowledge maintains that the souls of kings assume lion identities and become astral bodies after death.”

I know. It is a leap. But I trust indigenous peoples’ knowing more than any other. There is a lot more going on than our minds can grasp, and I’m open to a Bigger Picture, even when (especially when!) someone starts scribbling outside the lines.

Linda writes, “Whether or not there is a future for human life on this planet, I believe, is dependent at this evolutionary moment upon humankind’s consciousness-raising powers as a species. As guardians of the soul essence of humankind, the White Lions offer us entrance into other dimensions. In particular into what is known in spirit sources as the fifth dimension of the spiritual evolution of the soul. I believe that what seems paranormal to us now will, in time, become perfectly normal – if we are brave enough to take the path of spiritual evolution of the human soul.”

I am all for the evolution of human consciousness. It can’t happen soon enough!

After Linda’s lion encounter in 1991, she quit her successful career in international marketing, dedicating her life to the protection of the critically endangered white lions.

She established Global White Lion Protection Trust in 2002, raising millions to secure a large tract of wilderness in the lions’ home territory in Timbavati. You can find out about it at

Linda and Marah, in captivity


Marah is the founding lion who inspired the Protection Trust and the refuge. Ma-Ra means Mother of the Sungod, a sacred lioness prophesied by African elders. She was born in a death camp in Bethlehem, South Africa; Linda fought to rescue her. Freed into the heart of her ancestral lands, at the refuge Linda created for her and the other star lions, Marah taught her cubs how to live in the wild. The refuge is one of the last viable lion ranges on the planet.

My mind has a hard time writing and reading those words. We live in a world where the great beasts are vanishing, despite heroic peoples’ efforts to save them. I reflect on Credo Mutwa’s words with an aching heart: “At the end of the world, a White Lion will roar for the last time – heralding the disappearance of the sun from the sky for all time.”

Your challenge: write about the big cats. Or write in the voice of a big cat, a lion, a tiger, a leopard. You might  explore the legend written about the white lions; go back in time to the first Star lions, who evolved from those blue-eyed beings who came to earth from the sky. Or you might wish to address the transformation of consciousness so needed on planet earth.  Have fun! The sky’s the limit!

12 thoughts on “earthweal weekly challenge: WHITE LIONS

  1. It is cool to contemplate the big cats today, and to read your marvelous poems, as I watch spring budding through my window. Small purple crocuses are up, my forsythia is budding….even while my son in the prairies is experiencing forty below. YIKES! Stay safe, friends. Thank you for your poems which are filling my heart this morning.


  2. Sherry, reading this gave me shivers, especially ‘It is said that at the end of the world, a White Lion will roar for the last time – heralding the disappearance of the sun from the sky for all time.’ I shall have to read the whole book. Thank you for raising awareness of the plight of these mystical creatures (which may well symbolise our own).


  3. Ingrid, it is one of the most fascinating books I have ever read. Linda Tucker is amazing. The lions’ plight is heartbreaking. I am thankful for those she has worked so hard to save. You will love the book. The part about the lion’s last roar really gets to me, too.


  4. Thank you, Sherry, for suggesting I visit here. I don’t know why I have been avoiding poetry lately. This site is especially meaningful to me. The legends, myths and symbols of all times are converging and forcing themselves into our consciousness.


    • I am not writing much these days either. But the big cats have my heart, and the poems they inspired this week are simply beautiful. Glad you stopped by, Susan.


  5. So much loss. It is hard to comprehend the scope of it all. It is good to come together here – and share that we care. Thank you to each one of you who stopped by.


  6. Sherry, I really enjoyed reading this post. Thank you for introducing me to this book. It was indeed an intriguing read. I believe the white animals call us to restore balance in the world. They are considered guardians of animal wisdom with special messages. The white lions are beautiful and mysterious creatures.


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