Modjadji, The Rain Goddess

Garden of Modjadji by Lisa Iris

Garden of Modjadji by Lisa Iris

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.

Queen Makobo Modjadji VI

Queen Makobo Modjadji VI

The Rain Queens of the Balobedu were Modjadji’s incarnations, and they bore her name. They were direct descendents of the once powerful royal house of Monomotapa, which ruled over the Karanga people in 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. The great King Shaka Zulu also revered one of the Rain Queens. He sent top emissaries to request her blessings.

Queen Makoma Modjadji IV, from the book, "The Mudjadji Dynasty: The Principles of Female Leadership in African Cosmology" by Dr. Mathole Kherofo Motsekga

Queen Makoma Modjadji IV, from the book, “The Mudjadji Dynasty: The Principles of Female Leadership in African Cosmology” by Dr. Mathole Kherofo Motsekga

Here’s a list of the Balobedu Rain Queens that reigned throughout history:

1. Queen Maselekwa 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 Modjadji's palace is situated on the mountains of the Cycad Forest in Limpopo.

Queen Modjadji’s palace is situated on the mountains of the Cycad Forest in Limpopo.

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.

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