Dark Origins – African myths and legends: The San (previously Bushmen) Part 1

Today is my first Dark Origins post of 2022. This year I am focusing on African myths and legends and I hope you enjoy this introduction to the San peoples [previously known as the Bushmen] and one of their mythological stories as well as some rock art. Thanks for hosting, Kaye Lynne Booth.

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Replica of a San family living in the Cango Caves in Oudtshoorn in the Klein (Small) Karoo. Picture by Robbie Cheadle

The San peoples, previously know as Bushmen, are members of the various Khoe, Tuu, or Kx’a-speaking indigenous hunter-gather cultures which are also the first cultures of southern Africa. The territories of the San peoples include Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

The hunter-gatherer San peoples are one of the oldest cultures on Earth and are believed to be descended from the first inhabitants of what is now Botswana and South Africa. The San were traditionally semi-nomadic as they moved seasonally within certain defined areas based on the availability of water, game, and edible plants. The areas occupied by the San were semi-desert or desert areas, including the Kalahari Desert.

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23 thoughts on “Dark Origins – African myths and legends: The San (previously Bushmen) Part 1

    1. Hi Jacqui, the Bushmen are fascinating to read about. Let me know how you do with your research because I find the internet a bit lacking with regards to African peoples. I have some books that are now out of print that contain a lot of information about them. I could email you pages …

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    1. Hi Jacquie, the world has moved forward at difference paces. First World countries have made better progress than developing countries because of resources, mainly education of people. I say repeatedly, that you cannot expect a man who is on the verge of starvation to show kindness towards his weaker neighbour. It’s a bit like the barnyard situation when the hens may peck the weakest among them to death over food.

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