One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
The hereditary queen of the Lobedu people of Limpopo province (formerly the northern Transvaal) of South Africa, believed to have special powers including the ability to bring rain.
1930s. Compare Afrikaans reënkoningin, and perhaps also Lobedu Khishadula-maru-a-Daja, lit. ‘transformer of the clouds’, one of the titles of the 19th cent. Lobedu queen Modjadji.
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