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The Rain Queen and the Lobedu: A North Sotho Tribe

The Rain Queen and the Lobedu: A North Sotho Tribe

The Balobedu (Ba Lobedu - Ba gaModjadji) are a Bantu tribe of the Northern Sotho group, with strong affinities to the Venda, or Vhavhenda, to the north. They have their own kingdom, in the district of Balobedu - Limpopo Province - South Africa. The Lobedu Kingdom comprises over 150 villages. Each has a headman who...
Modjadji, The Rain Queen

Modjadji, The Rain Queen

The Lovedu tribe (also called the Balobedu), a Sotho-Venda group that in 1500 settled in the north of what is now the Limpopo Province of South Africa, has the distinction that it is the only tribe in Africa still ruled by a female monarch.

Rain Queen, from Wikipedia

The Modjadji or Rain Queen is the hereditary queen of Balobedu, a people of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The succession to the position of Rain Queen is matrilineal, meaning that the Queen's eldest daughter is the heir, and that males are not entitled to inherit the throne at all. The Rain Queen is...

University of Pretoria and the Modjadji Dynasty collaborate on research project into rainmaking customs

The University of Pretoria (UP) has joined hands with the Balobedu community to start a research project in the form of drama productions aimed at collecting and recording traditional mythologies, stories and traditional customs surrounding rainmaking associated with the Queen Modjadji Dynasties.

Baby could be Rain Queen

The regent of the Balobedu in Limpopo, Prince Mpapatla Modjadji, has received a precious gift - a baby girl who could become the next Rain Queen. Modjadji fathered the child with his cousin Mokgawa Modjadji and the baby was born in hospital in Modjadjiskloof yesterday.
Fears of a 400-year-old dynasty being buried

Fears of a 400-year-old dynasty being buried

South Africa's Rain Queen has gone to an early grave. The young woman was said to have power over the elements and the flow of rivers. Her tribe, the Bolobedu, are divided over the cause of her recent death at the age of 27 and suspect the 400-year-old dynasty, immortalised by Rider Haggard's novel She,...

Rain Queen Is Dead, but Debate Over Her Power Lives On

Late Sunday night, hours before the funeral for Makobo Caroline Modjadji VI, Rain Queen of the Balobedu, shouts of alarm rang from the mountaintop redoubt that had been her home. The simple building that housed the Rain Queen's body was on fire. As omens go, this was pretty bad.
She who must be surveyed

She who must be surveyed

Africa's legendary Balobedu tribe enters an era of modernity and scandal this week following the crowning of its youngest rain queen, a descendant of the female monarchs who inspired the phrase "she who must be obeyed".