The rain queen
In his secret forest village, Mugado’s daughter gave birth to a baby girl, founding her female dynasty. Mugado gave his daughter the hereditary name of Modjadji, meaning “ruler of the day” and entrusted her with the sacred rain making and magic rituals of their people.
In time Mugado passed away and Modjadji became queen. Keeping with her her fathers traditions she secluded herself in the forest, creating spells and experimenting with the rituals and magic of her people and became known as a powerful rainmaker.
Rain, in these dry southern lands of ours, can mean the difference between life and death, famine and bounty, and the ability to create rain is a most valuable skill to a sorceress. As a result, Modjadji was visited by dignitaries and common men alike, who showered her with gifts as they sought her magical talents. Her people prospered from these gifts, and they lived in peace as no warrior would dare challenge them for fear of their queen’s control over the rain and that she may punish any challengers with life threatening drought.
Modjadji was never seen. Her shroud of secrecy, isolation and mystery with which she surrounded herself brought her fame and wove many a myth about her terrific powers. A Zulu myth maintains that she has four breasts, one claims that she never ages, never loses her beauty and lives untouched by time. However, time has no interest in our mortal mythology and cut Modjadji down some time in the 1860’s whereupon her daughter took up her mantle and continued her traditions as Modjadji II, maintaining power and mystery as skillfully as her mother.