n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Queenship of the Lobedu of Modjadji : aantekeninge

Volume 2005, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



The Lobedu of Modjadji originated from the Karanga of the kingdom of Monomotapa in present-day Zimbabwe (see Kruger "The Lovedu" 1936 XI 89-105; Krige and Krige (1943) 5-12). About 400 years ago, Dzugudini, the daughter of the Karanga chief Mambo, left the royal family and tribe under secret circumstances with her mother, infant son and a following, migrating southwards and "taking with them the sacred rain charms and the knowledge of their use" (Mönnig "The structure of Lobedu social and political organisation" 1963 49 and 50). Makhaphele, son of Dzugudini, was succeeded by his son Mohale, who eventually led his group into their present habitat in the district of Bolobedu, north of Duiwelskloof, nowadays renamed as Modjadjiskloof. It is reported that the land on which the Lobedu settled was at that time occupied by the Kheoga people, who were completely defeated and subjugated during the reign of Mohale (Mönnig 50). It is stated that the Kheoga had no knowledge of fire and that the Lobedu defeated them by burning down their villages (Kruger 93).

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