'The Modjadji or Rain Queen is the hereditary queen of Balobedu, a people of the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The succession to the position of Rain Queen is matrilineal so her eldest daughter is the heir, and males are not entitled to inherit the throne at all. The Rain Queen is believed to have special powers, including the ability to control the clouds and rainfall.
"With a regal matrilineal 400-year-old history, the Balobedu people of Limpopo province are ruled by a hereditary queen whose oldest daughter inherits the throne.; As the "first and only queenship" on the continent of Africa, founded by Maselekwane Modjadji, the people of Africa spiritually believe these women determine the rainfall. Their tribal rainmaking song is considered the highest appeal to God and ancestors. De Klerk and Mandela regularly climbed the Balobedu hills to bring honorary present and trubtes tonthese women, upon whom 'all depended.'; As an aside, as I work so fast trying to bring an idea to life with no technical skills to rely on, my grandson, Lyman, seeing me in action on this painting, warned me to slow down and be careful. He said 'It would be just like you to make an uneven odd number of breasts for that border.'"-Jacquelyn Thunfors

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