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Shaman 'rainmaking' center discovered

Posted on Sunday, 2 June, 2013 | Comment icon 2 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


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A rocky hilltop discovered in South Africa is believed to be an ancient shaman rainmaking ritual site.

At an elevation of 1000ft, the hilltop site of Ratho Kroonkop near the borders of Botswana and Zimbabwe is believed to have been used by shaman hundreds of years ago to perform rituals intended to make it rain. Scientists working at the site have discovered the remains of up to 30,000 different animals there including those of a zebra, a rhinoceros and a giraffe.

"What makes RKK special is that every piece of faunal material found at RKK can in some way be linked to rain control," said researcher Simone Brunton. "The shaman or ritual specialist was usually the only one directly involved with the actual doing of the rituals. It would have been strictly forbidden for normal folks to go near the site."

"Located in a semiarid area of the country, near Botswana and Zimbabwe, the site of Ratho Kroonkop (RKK) sits atop a 1,000-foot-tall (300 meters) hill and contains two naturally formed "rock tanks."

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Comment icon #1 Posted by Him over there on 2 June, 2013, 14:18
A Rainmaker/Medicine Man in Southern Africa is not called a Shaman he is called a Sangoma. Just thought I would point that error for you.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Darkwind on 21 June, 2013, 2:21
To make it would you have to eat fried hyrak. Anybody got garlic sauce.


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