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The Modjadji Rain Queens, are part of the Venda people from the Limpopo Province of South Africa. The African Venda Kingdom is ruled exclusively by a dynasty of Modjadji Rain Queens.
The Ancestors of the Venda Modjadji Rain Queens of Africa did not come from South Africa, but even further north in Zimbabwe where the dynasty of the Mutapa originates.
You will find 2 stories from African Oral history on the origins of the Venda Modjadji Rain Queens of Africa.
The very first legend on the origins of the Venda Modjadji Rain Queens of Africa states that a grave sin was committed in the Monomatapa Empire where the people blamed the Princess, demanding that she be executed in retribution.
The Princess subsequently escaped by asking her Father for the power of rainmaking after which she fled to South Africa with his blessing.
The other origin story of the Venda Modjadji Rain Queens of Africa is that the Shona Princess of Munhumutapa committed a great sin, and her Father stopped the people from killing her by giving his daughter the power of rainmaking, and told her to head south.
After she left home, the Princess founded her very own Kingdom based on a tight matrilineal structure, producing a line of Queens amongst the Venda people in which just the firstborn female inherits the Throne.
The origins of the Venda Modjadji Rain Queens of Africa are both fascinating and mysterious but still remain unknown.
Nevertheless, the Modjadji Rain Queens continue to reign amongst the Venda People in Limpopo South Africa to this day, and Marvel Comics was evidently so fascinated by the story of the Modjadji Rain Queens that it based the Character of Storm on Africa’s Modjadji Rain Queens.