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Modjadji - Let there be rain

By unknown | Oct 16, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alex Matlala

Alex Matlala

People in and around Khethakone, the rain queen's palace, experienced showers on Saturday, a few minutes after the Bolobedu regent, Mpapatla Prince Modjadji, pleaded with his ancestors.

This happened during the family's yearly rain-making ceremony.

Modjadji proved that the royal family still possess the rare powers of "making rain".

The rain fell only in Khethakone village, contradicting the South African Weather Bureau, which predicted that there would be no rain in the Tzaneen area on the day.

The clouds started to gather when the regent fed a black cow, called Mokgadi, mphapo - a kind of beer.

Drops of rain fell from the sky, sending the royal elders ululating and shouting praises to their ancestors.

It rained for about 20 minutes and stopped after the ceremony. During the ceremony, Modjadji poured mphapo on the ground, while "speaking" to the ancestors.

Modjadji used a horn, believed to posses the rare powers, to turn the skies into dark clouds that would later culminate in rain. The royal family said the horn belonged to their forefathers who brought it with them from Zimbabwe in the early 1800s.


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