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Batau / Kanyane
Monday, 7 March 2005

Topic: Methodology of Inquiry
In my inquiry and tracing of the Kanyane clan history I used the following methodology: Firstly I interviewed Monyamane Kanyane who loves to recite the Kanyanes praise poem during weddings, university graduations as well as other family special occasions. Secondly I reflected on the discussion I had with Mmanaputswe Willie Kanyane as I walked with him from Tsantsabela to Dichweuing, after we visited my youngest brother (Mmanaputswe Meshack Kanyane) at the Manthibe Initiation School (Tsantsabela). This was livid eye opening discussion I had with my elder father Mmanaputswe (Ramogolo). Thirdly I took the names of places and persons in the Kanyane praise poem and researched their origin. Most importantly this study is indebted to Epafras Mogagabishe Ramaila authoritative book, Setlogo sa Batau, published in 1939 by Northern Sotho Book Depot. Re a go leboga tau ya mariri. Re leboga ge o phethile le la la mogologolo la gore le se ye le ditaola mabitleng. Some of the people may wonder as to how I arrived at the dates of events in the history of Kanyane clan. The method of arriving at the dates was simple. As E.M. Ramaila narrates events I take the life span of the king and determined the date. With the assumption the lifespan of a person was 75 years that time. For example, as E.M. Ramaila narrates that in Dulltroom mountains the Fourthly,three kings in succession lived there in succession, I multiplied 55 by 3 to give me 165 years. Why 55 years? I used 55 years subtracting 20 years from 75 years, further assuming that at age 20 the king would have a first-born son. I admit that this method inquiry is might not convincing to some ? but at least it brings us near the truth. Another factor that make our drifting to the truth compensated is that exact dates are not indicated in the study. I mention only centuries,(e.g. I say in the 1350?s instead of 1350)In this way the study is safe from straying. Lastly, I then, after following above methodology, bring the whole information together and deductively made inferences and conclusion. I hope this methodology presented me with insight to bring to you the reader this history and origin of the Kanyane clan.

Chris Kanyane folk/kanyane at 9:58 AM EET
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