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Cagn and an Afterlife
Cagn is the name the Bushmen gave their god. This god being nothing else
than the unseen presence of nature and everything that surrounded them.
They also prayed to the moon and the stars but they could never explain
exactly why they did this. Cagn was seen as human like and also had magical
powers and charms.
Bushmen believe in an afterlife. When someone is buried his weapons accompany
him to the grave. This would make it possible for him to hunt in the afterlife.
Bodies also faced the upcoming sun. This would cause the sun to rise later
the following day. Bodies were anointed with fat and a red powder for the
burial. Bodies were in a curled-up posture and the corpse was completely
kept intact unlike other African tribes who would break the legs of the
body so that the ghost could not haunt them. Bodies weren't buried under
the ground but merely covered by some stones to keep unwanted animals at
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