- Cagn & an Afterlife -
- Creation of the First Bushmen - Mantis
& His family -
Mantis and his family
The bushmen don't regard the Mantis as god but rather a superbeing. They
are not the only civilization who has this belief and other African tribes
do see it as a God. Even the Greeks believed it had divine and magical powers.
Mantis is a Greek word meaning divine, or soothsayer. All over the world
many legends is told about this magical creature. To the Bushmen however
he is a "dream Bushman". He is very human. Many paintings of the bushmen
figure a Bushman with the head of a Mantis.
Mantis also has a big family. His wife is Dassie (rock hyrax). His son
is also a Mantis and he also has an adopted daughter, Porcupine. Her real
father is the evil monster called the All-Devourer who she is too afraid
of. Porcupine is married to a creature that is part of the rainbow, called
Kwammanga. They have two sons, Mongoose or Ichneumon and then Kwammanga,
after his dad. Mantis also has a sister, Blue Crane that he loves very much.
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