What makes Thaba Bolayi so special
HOME OF THE BAOBAB TREES
Thaba Bolayi is home to more than 170 of the giant Baobab trees. These trees are between 800 and 2000 years old. They were used in the rainmaking process rituals. Some trees are hollow because the ancestral has used these trees to store their food inside. The constant temperature during summer or winter is 18° Celsius.
HERITAGE OF GREATER MAPUNGUBWE
The earliest African empire of Southern Africa was established by the people of the sun from the Upper Nile. The Monarchs of the people of the sun were called Monomotapa. They established their first kingdom on Mapungubwe Hill (Hill of the Jackal) around 900 A.D. Around 1240 the Royal Court shifted to Great Zimbabwe.
Mapungubwe Empire provided nexus for the cultural unity of the African. It preserved the cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge systems of ancient Africa in their purest form. The sacred knowledge of the people of the sun (Bakhalaka) included rainmaking, astrology, astronomy, alchemy and metallurgy. They based their heritage and knowledge systems on Karaism (i.e. the spiritual philosophy of light).
Thus the people of the sun (Bakhalaka) also came to be known as the great magicians (VaLozwi). The people of the sun were great international traders. They traded with ancient Ethiopia and Egypt, Arabia and Yemen, India and China. Thus Mapungubwe was the earliest international trading centre in Southern Africa.
The founders of Mapungubwe Royal Nation traced back their abcestry to ancient Ethiopians or Nubians, the forebears of ancient Egyptians who orginated at the source of the Nile.
African humanism was the glue that held African peoples together.
Ancient African believed that the One of Good (Ptah), known as God, manifested itself as the Queen of Heaven (Mwari or Mwali we Denga). This means that god or the supreme being was a woman not a man. Hence, the royal (or regal) culture was based on a matriarchal system. The citizens of the Empire of Monomotapa believed in and worshipped the Queen of Heaven (Mwari or Mwali we Denga) and her son or word who manifested himself as the Sub-God Ra.
The matriarchal culture is still practised today in the realm of the Modjadji in Limpopo.