Limpopo Venda Five Cultural Points of Interests
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Water Spirits, Lighting and Rain Bird, God and Ancestors of the Venda people of Limpopo South Africa
The Venda, also known as Vhavenda are a Southern African people living mostly in Thohoyandou near the South Africa Zimbabwe border in Limpopo.
As in most cultures around the world, fire and water hold a special fascination with the Venda people and the Venda can conjure up ancestral spirits to assist with early matters.
Thohoyandou is the former capital of the independent black homeland and the proud heart of the Venda people. It was named after the great king of Vhavenda, King Thohoyandou, who ruled the Vhavenda kingdom from the 1690s to the early 1720s. Thohoyandou name means head of the elephant.
Segregation took place throughout the history of South Africa during the Apartheid and in 1962 the South African Government created Venda as a Homeland for the Venda-speaking people.
The area set aside for the bantustan, or homeland was in the North East of South Africa close to the Zimbabwe border. In February 1973, the republic of South Africa granted independence to Venda on paper only as Venda, remained politically and economically dependent on South Africa.
Venda Water Spirits
According to Siyabona Africa, Venda believe zwidutwane water spirits live at the bottom of waterfalls. These beings are only half-visible; they only have one eye, one leg, and one arm. One half can be seen in this world and the other half in the spirit world. The Venda would take offerings of food to them because the zwidutwane cannot grow things underwater.
Venda Lighting and Rain Bird
Khokhovula is a traditional healer or Inyanga, Sangoma practicing in Siloam Nzhelele Limpopo Province South Africa. He states Impundulu, Mpundulu or rain bird is known as Ndadzi and Mheni, was historically used by the Venda people in battle striking their enemies and their enemies livestock with lighting bolts.
It is said that impundulu the rain bird may connect with the heat of the sun and possess an infinite heat of which people with negative powers mostly witches use to create a sunstroke and the lightning bolt.
A magic potion using the lighting birds’ feathers will cause rain to stop or start. According to Khokhovula, if you want to intimidate someone by threatening a lighting bolt to cause havoc by impundulu the rainbird, you would say “Ngizokuyela eVenda ngiyokufunela umbane” meaning I will go to Venda to fetch the lightning to strike you.
Venda Nwali or God
Understanding Venda Ancestors
Sangoma is a Southern African traditional healer fulfilling many roles in the community as a leader, seeing into the future, and assisting with physical, emotional and spiritual healings.