Ancient Beliefs of the Bushmen - Compiled by Jaco De Beer
Photo Credits Jaco De Beer
When “Khwa” the youngest daughter, also called Waters was old enough the mother took three pairs of springbok ears and cut the hairy skin off it. She stitched the inner cartilage of the ears into pods with the sinieue of a springbok and left it to dry. She then took some of the hard bony pieces that can be found in the eyes of a springbok and filled the ears with it. The mother strung the ears together with a string made from springbok skin and hung it around “Khwa's” neck. She received a similar blessing and the same caution never to remove the necklace or she will have a shortage of food for her family. When “Kaggen” saw the three young women dance and heard the lovely rhythm from their necklaces, he changed three of his sons into three strong young men and brought them to the women. They watched with big curious eyes while the girls were dancing and started to clap their hands with the rhythm of the necklaces. With their dancing and their eyes they each got the attention of the young man she fancied. The strong young men fell in love with the beautiful young maidens and asked to marry them. It was a joyous occasion with lots of food and dancing. Old “Ga” and his wife were very proud of their three daughters and very happy with the three young men that joined their family.
Each couple made their own hut to stay in and they lived very happily because there was lots of water and plenty of food just as their mother promised them. The family lived in love and harmony every day of their lives. With plenty of water and lots of food they had enough time for dancing and celebration. They were truly living in a “Bushmen utopia” - as long as the daughters kept their necklaces around their necks!
Was this wonderful lazy life of abundance too good to last?