n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - Queenship of the Lobedu of Modjadji : aantekeninge
|Article Title||Queenship of the Lobedu of Modjadji : aantekeninge|
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Journal||Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||814 - 820|
ISI Social Science
The Lobedu of Modjadji originated from the Karanga of the kingdom of Monomotapa in present-day Zimbabwe (see Kruger "The Lovedu" 1936 Bantu Studies XI 89-105; Krige and Krige The Reajm of a Rain Queen (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 African Studies 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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