Modjadji is a Rain Goddess, and Mother of the Balobedu tribe of Limpopo in South Africa. Her specialities are balance, restoration, weather, cleansing and fertility. She sends gentle rain that makes gardens and fields flourish to her people, and she sends droughts, storms and floods to her people’s enemies.
The Rain Queens of the Balobedu were Modjadji’s incarnations, and they bore her name. They were direct descendents of Princess Dzungudini, from the once powerful Royal House of Mutapa, which ruled over the Kalanga people of Zimbabwe, during the 15th and 16th centuries. They possessed the power to control the clouds, and the rain. They were highly revered for their political prowess and military might, which they used to keep their people safe from the Zulus and the Boers. King Shaka Zulu revered Queen Maselekwane Modjadi I. He sent top emissaries to request her blessings.
In March 1996, Queen Mokope Modjadji V, told the media that part of her rain-making rituals take place in October. She pours water onto a shrine in her palace and implore the ancestors to send rain to the region. Beer is brewed and she plays the traditional drums to initiate the rain dance.
Here’s a list of the Balobedu Rain Queens that reigned throughout history:
1. Queen Maselekwane Modjadji I
2. Queen Masalanabo Modjadji II
3. Queen Khetoane Modjadji III
4. Queen Makoma Modjadji IV
5. Queen Mokope Modjadji V
6. Queen Makobo Modjadji VI
Queen Mokobo VI passed away in 2005, so currently there’s no reigning Rain Queen. Her 10 year old daughter will be the Rain Queen when she is of legal age. She will preside over her people on the majestic mountains of the Cycad Forest, in Limpopo.