Modadji, The Rain Queen


Two years after her grandmother, Modjadji V, died. On Friday, 11 April 2003, Princess Mmakobo Modjadji (25) was crowned Modjadji VI, queen of the BaLobedu people, at Ga- Modjadji, above Modjadjikloof. It was raining as the joyous and sacred ceremony began. Although the rain put a slight damper on the celebrations, it is considered a good omen for the new queen; especially as many royal observers point out that the long drought that has plagued much of southern Africa began when Modjadji V passed away in 2001. The land of Modjadji, the Rain Queen, is an impressive setting of ancient baobab trees, untouched bushveld, breathtaking mountain ranges, and an abundance of wild creatures, flora and birdlife to compliment this treasure chest of enchanting legends, myths and culture. Modjadji is a direct descendant of the once mighty kingdom of Monomotapa, who ruled over the Karanga people in Zimbabwe during the 15th century. Modjadji, whom author Sir Rider Haggard immortalizes in his novel She, has been revered far beyond the boundaries of her tiny kingdom, and according to legend many great kings, including Zulu king Shaka, have left her nation untouched, and often called on her for her awesome rainmaking powers.

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