About Čanki people

The Canki people (the Single-legged) are only vaguely recorded in legends handed down in sacred texts. We can find notes about them in some records from the Middle Ages too, such as a Mandevill´s travel book (John Mandevill - about 1300-1372, an English doctor, mathematician and traveller). He writes there: ". and in that country there are people on some hills who have only one leg but who are more handy than the others. The leg is so big that being risen it gives shadow to all body when the person is lieing." It is possible to draw conclusions from these documents that the original place where the Canki people lived was in a small area in the deserted fields in the mountains between today´s Turkey and Syria. They used their big and developed leg not only to move but to create shadow in open sandy areas. (see a picture by Arthur Layard - from an English issue by C. Grant, Westminster 1895).

This is the reason why they carried a crutch all the time. Stuck in soil it was used as a support for their big leg. Nations migrated a lot in that time as we can read in Mandevill´s travel book. Especially The Canki people migrated more than most becuase they were not welcome at many places.

We can say the Canki people were a multicultural nation and their ethnographical placement isn´t exact. Due to the migration many people died and even Mandevill considers them as a human exceptionality - monsters (see a picture, czech print of the Mandevill´s travel book from 1600).

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The Canki people, like other nations at that time, spoke (sang) an original language, called "Syrian" or "Sun" language. This rhythmical language by which, according to the legends, life was delivered to people, can be traced only with difficulties today, maybe only among the oldest Arabian-African tribes.

Abbreviated version:

The Canki people (the Single-legged) are only vaguely recorded in legends handed down in sacred texts. They used their single big and developed leg not only for propulsion but also to create a shade with it in open sandy areas. They became famous for setting popular texts to music. The Cankis spoke (sang) in so-called original language called "Syrian" or the Sun language, by which, according to legends, life was delivered to people.