A portal between the heavens and Earth. Live Science reports:
A towering “rain control” site, where shamans would have asked the gods to open up the skies centuries ago, has been discovered in South Africa.
Located in a semiarid area near Botswana, the site of Ratho Kroonkop (RKK) sits atop a 1,000-foot-tall hill and contains two naturally formed “rock tanks.” When the scientists excavated one of them, they found over 30,000 animal specimens, including the remains of rhinoceros, zebra and giraffe.
“What makes RKK special is that every piece of faunal material found at RKK can in some way be linked to rain control,” said researcher Simone Brunton at the University of Cape Town.
Shamans would have ascended RKK through natural tunnels in the rock. When they reached the top, they would have lit a fire to burn the animal remains as part of their rainmaking rituals.
The people who conducted these rituals were from the San, an indigenous group in southern Africa. “They were San rain controllers who were employed by the farmers to control the rain,” Brunton explained.
Access to the rain-control site would have been strictly controlled: “It would have been strictly forbidden for normal folks to go near the site,” Brunton wrote in her email. The site “was placed away from society because it was seen as very dangerous or ‘hot,’ and any interference would cause the gods to be angry.”
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