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The Lovedu Rain Queen

By March 11, 2010

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Droughts are fairly common in southern Africa, but when the rain does fall there are excellent opportunities for grazing cattle and developing agriculture. So it is not surprising that one of the most critical threats against the well being of a southern African society was failure of the rains. Rain rituals are predominantly directed towards the ancestors (despite the weather being the responsibility of the supreme being). They are supposed to intercede on the people's behalf, and drought occurs when they are negligent.

As well as sacrificing animals and using powerful medicines Southern African chiefs would normally employ medicine men to help in the rituals. For the Lovedu, however, their Rain Queen, the Mudjadji, works her medicines alone. Find out more about the Lovedu Rain Queen...


March 30, 2011 at 1:43 pm
(1) Afia says:

Alistair, very useful article about an the amazing Rain Queen tradition.

“If there’s anything about the history of Africa that you’d like to know more about, email me and I’ll research it.”

Will do!

Thank you

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