The Mambokadzi and the Kudu

The Mambokadzi and the Kudu

The woman here would be a Mambokadzi, or Queen, of the Great Zimbabwe civilization which spread over much of southeastern Africa, including not only the modern nation of Zimbabwe but also areas of Botswana, Mozambique, and Zambia. They would have most probably spoken the Shona language, from which I got the term “Mambokadzi” (with the help of an online translator, I must admit). As for the antelope she’s riding, it would be a greater kudu which is also endemic to the southern African region.


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