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Maselekwane Modjadji, Rain Queen, I

Death: Died
Cause of death: ritual suicide
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Mugodo Chief of the Kranga and Dzungundini (mother of the first Rain Queen)
Mother of Masalandbo Modjadji, Rain Queen, II
Sister of Boy Strangled at Birth
Half sister of Dzungundini (mother of the first Rain Queen)

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About Maselekwane Modjadji, Rain Queen, I

The Rain Queens of South Africa

According to legend, a Kranga chief named Mugodo was warned by his ancestral spirits of a plot by his sons to overthrow him. He had them killed and told his daughter Dzugundini, that according to the wishes of the sprits, he must marry her and father a girl child. By doing this he ensured that the new heir to his throne would be a Queen and thus a new dynasty of woman founded. The ancestors bestowed onto the princess rainmaking powers, which expanded the wealth of the kingdom. When Dzugundini gave birth to a son fathered by her father, the child was strangled. Her second child was a girl, which signalled the start of the female dynasty.

Maselewane Modjaji, Rain Queen I (1800-54)

The child who became the first Modjadji was known as Maselekwane Modjadji I. She lived in complete seclusion, deep in the forest where she practiced secretive rituals to make rain. In 1855 she committed ritual suicide.

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