The ruins of Gede
are the remains of a mysterious
lost city on the Swahili Coast
of Kenya, located deep within the Arabuko Sokoke forest
. The mystery of Gede (Gedi) is that it does not appear in
any Swahili, Portuguese, or Arab written record
s and present day research
has not yet been able to fully account for what actually happened to the city. The inhabitants were of the Swahili, an ancient trading civilization
that emerged along the eastern coasts
of Africa ranging from
Somalia to Mozambique. Archaeological
excavations carried out
between 1948 and 1958 have uncovered
porcelain from China, an Indian lamp, Venetian beads, Spanish scissors, and other artefacts from all over the world
, demonstrating the occupants were engaged in extensive
international trade. Questions still remain as to what caused the downfall of Gede, but by the 17th century, the city was completely abandoned
to the forest and forgotten until
the 1920s. Today, a National Museum, Gede
's sister cities from the period are part of
the ethnography based archeological work of Dr Chapurukha M. Kusimba
of Chicago's Field Museum, whose lifework
has thrown light on the
precolonial heritage of the Swahili
posted by infini
on Nov 30, 2011 -
The Ethnographic Lens: Images from the Realm of a Rain Queen.
Between 1936 and 1938 social anthropologists Eileen and Jack Krige undertook intensive fieldwork in the north-eastern regions of South Africa among the Lobedu people whose chief Modjadji was widely acclaimed as a rainmaker.'
'In 1943 their book 'The Realm of a Rain Queen' was published and has remained in print ever since. Some of the photographs taken by the Kriges were used as illustrations in the book but many remained unpublished and little known ...' Via
of archaeological and anthropological resources from the
South African Museum.
Princess Makobo Modjadji of the Bolobedu
has just been crowned as the new
Rain Queen, Modjadji VI.
greeted the inauguration, which may be
a good sign.
The Rain Queen was the inspiration for H. Rider Haggard's 'She Who Must Be Obeyed'.
More on the world of the Rain Queen - including biographical details on the last Rain Queen, and her relationships with politicians such as Nelson Mandela in a changine South Africa -
posted by plep
on Apr 12, 2003 -