Vestal virgins of this kind are documented in ancient Rome, Mwene Matapa (Zimbabwe), and pre-Columbian America.
Mavura, also called Manuza, (flourished 17th century), African emperor who was installed as the ruler of the great Mwene Matapa empire by the Portuguese.
Apart from areas in The Sudan, northeast Africa, and what is now Zimbabwe (Mwene Matapa), not much of Africa has had any considerable knowledge of the stars.
When the reigning Mwene Matapa attempted to expel them in 1629, they deposed him and forced his successor to grant them extensive trading and mining privileges.
Matapa, also known as the empire of the Mwene Matapa; Matapa also spelled Mutapa, a Southern African empire ruled by a line of kings known as the Mwene Matapa.
The first Shona phase of building was probably begun six centuries later and continued until the 15th century, when, under the Mwene Matapa, or “Ravager of the Lands,” Zimbabwe reached its peak.
Nearly 50 years later the Mwene Matapa (“emperor”), Negomo Chirisamhuru Mupunsagutu, was baptized by a Jesuit father, and in 1569 an abortive Portuguese military expedition entered the interior in search of gold.
By 1601 the Mwene Mutapa was forced to call on the Portuguese for assistance, and this led to almost a century of increasingly disruptive Portuguese intervention in the affairs of Shona kingdoms to the south of the Zambezi.
Although attempts to drive the Portuguese from the Zambezi valley were unsuccessful until the late 17th century, when they were driven out by the armies of the Rozwi kingdom, this appearance of Portuguese power was deceptive: the Portuguese never had the resources to control the interior, and it was the Afro-Portuguese prazeros and the Rozwi Changamire dynasty who truly exploited the Mwene Mutapa’s weakness.
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Although attempts to drive the Portuguese from the Zambezi valley were unsuccessful until the late 17th century when they were driven out by the armies of the Rozwi kingdom this appearance of Portuguese power was deceptive the Portuguese never had the resources to control the interior and it was the Afro-Portuguese prazeros and the Rozwi Changamire dynasty who truly exploited the Mwene Mutapas weakness