Bushmen engravings

South Africa is, arguably, one of the most culturally diverse and aware countries in the world. The state’s history is a rich one, which has resulted in a Rainbow Nation that is proud to boast no less than 11 official languages. These languages are:

  • English
  • Afrikaans
  • Northern Sotho
  • Sotho
  • Ndebele
  • Swazi
  • Tsonga
  • Tswana
  • isiXhosa
  • Zulu
  • Venda

Of course, each one of these dates back to an intrinsic part of the country’s heritage. Like each of the 11 languages, the Bushmen engravings found in various locations across the country have helped piece together the rich, unbridled diversity that courses through South Africa.

rock artWhile there may be rock art in almost every country in the world, the paintings and engravings found in South Africa are some of the most beautifully detailed. The term “bushmen engravings” comes from the fact that most of these works were done by the San people.

These art works give us a detailed glimpse into the lives of those who walked this land before us. Most of them depict people and animals, which is thought to be representative of the ideology of hunting and gathering. Archaeologists place the approximate

age of these paintings and engravings at 350 years old, and there is a common belief that the subject matter of the art was created to bring good fortune to the bushmen while they were out hunting.

bushmen engravingsThroughout South Africa, there are thousands of rock engravings and paintings. These are detailed at institutions such as the National Museum in Bloemfontein. It is undeniably important for these to be studied and celebrated, as they offer invaluable insight and understanding into the country’s history.

Rock art plays such an important part in preserving South Africa’s heritage, which is exactly why there is such a strong focus on the subject in terms of our own claim to our ancestry.

Image credits:
www.sahra.org.za
www.southafrica.net