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Title:Myth that were used for the conservation of Lake Fundudzi catchment area
Author:Khorombi, Mbodi
Periodical:Indilinga: African Journal of Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Geographic term:South Africa
nature conservation
Abstract:Lake Fundudzi is located in the Limpopo Province of South Africa below the escarpment of the Soutpansberg Mountains. It is the only natural fresh water lake to be found in South Africa and it is believed that the lake was formed by a mountain landslide that blocked the flow of the Mutale River resulting in the accumulation of the water body on the upper side of the river. The Venda tribe considers the lake sacred, especially the Vhatavhatsindi clan who act as the custodians of the lake. The Vhatavhatsindi Royal Family practices its religious rituals and burial customs in and around the lake. These traditional practices and beliefs gave the lake and the surrounding area a sacred status that limited exploitation by surrounding communities and thus led to the lake's preservation for many years. Bibliogr., sum. [Journal abstract]