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The Bushmen tell of many enormous beasts that are not known of in modern
days. There are tales of serpents big and strong enough to kill a full-grown
antelope. There are numerous paintings of snakes and serpents in caves where
bushmen were known to live. One of them is believed to depict the master
of the water: Kouteign Koorou.
This serpent was much larger and dangerous than a hippo this serpent roamed
the reeds and the swamps in the rivers of the bushmen. The only way the
bushmen could capture this beast was by weaving traps of reeds and poles.
These had to be strong enough that the serpent could not break through.
When the serpent was caught in one of these traps it would try to escape
with all its might. He would lash at the water in such a matter that it
would make a spray so big that a rainbow would appear. The serpent received
his name by this rainbow "crowning" him. There are a lot of paintings of
this serpent in this state.
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