Many theories have been proposed about the origin
of these little people of Southern Africa that go back deep in time. When
the Europeans arrived the Busmen's civilization was at its peak and was
like living at the end of the Stone Age.
Bushmen never lived in a whole tribe but would rather form smaller groups
mostly consisting of family groups. Through their lives they would roam
all of the Southern African landscape, from the mountains to the plains
and the valleys. They were ready to hunt at all times and this was a very
important part of the Bushmen culture. Except for their hunting skills
they were brilliant artists and the paintings they left behind could still
be seen throughout the country. These works of art on the walls of caves,
rocks and ledges help us understand the rituals and habits of this intriguing
The Bushmen are small light-tanned people. They call themselves the "Kwhai"
witch means "men". 30 000 - 55 000 Bushmen still live in the Kalahari
(A dessert in Southern Africa). The colonists that came to South Africa
quickly realized that the Bushmen were much less subject to illness than
the Europeans and all the woman bore children. The other natives, like
the Bantu and Hottentots, were very afraid of the Bushmen because of their
perfect accuracy with poisoned arrows. They also had the ability to blend
perfectly with their surroundings.
Because they loved nature and all the animals it urged on their imagination.
As they sat around the fire at night many myths and legends were born
that they still believe in today.
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