A rock split into two with the other half sliding down a mountain destroying vegetation at the ‘sacred’ Njelele Shrine in Matobo district in what culturalists believe is a communication of a bad omen.
Many trees were felled by the rolling rock which knocked other rocks on its path as it slid down the mountain covering a distance of about 100 metres.
Njelele is believed to be a holy place where Africans used to communicate with God before the place was desecrated by colonialists.
Some traditionalists still believe in its supernatural powers and visit the shrine to consult hence anything that happens near the site like the recent splitting of the rock, is believed to be of cultural significance.
A Chronicle news crew on Thursday visited the area and were directed to Dewe village head Mr Micah Moyo who took the news crew to the site where the rock fell.
He said the incident occurred on February 25 at about 2 am and the community is still looking for answers. Said Mr Moyo:
Initially, the community thought the noise was from a gunshot at the nearby national park.
In the morning one of the villagers came and informed me that a rock had split into two at a mountain near Njelele but because of its proximity, it is safe to say the mountain is part of Njelele.
He said they hope the custodian of Njelele will organise spirit mediums so that they can consult the ancestors on what is happening as they believe the “ancestors are communicating.”
When they approached the site, Mr Moyo prayed seeking approval from the gods to allow the news crew to take pictures.
A traditional healer Mr David Nduna Mlilo said the fall of the rock at the shrine could be some communication from the ancestors or God.
Historian Mr Pathisa Nyathi said while the incident could be geological and scientific, the cultural aspect cannot be ignored considering the developments surrounding the custodianship of Njelele.
The Chronicle visited the homestead of the shrine’s caretaker custodian, Mr Ncube and his wife MaNyathi said she was not aware of her husband’s whereabouts.
She said he has been missing since December adding, “I have not seen him since but what I can tell you is that something is not right. I don’t know where he is and he is no longer phoning me.”
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