year old rhino
into the landscape
As one of the most extensive galleries of
prehistoric rock art in Africa, Twyfelfontein was
very high on my list of places to see in Namibia.
I was guided up the mountain to see the Bushman stone carvings
from 6000 years ago. The
guide explained that the 3000 carvings were carved with quartz hammered
into the sandstone.
Bushmen, or San people, depicted all the animals of the area � especially
the giraffe that was holy to them.
It was sacred and represented water since it could reach to
the heavens for water. In
addition, there were zebra, rhinos, lizards, oryx, cheetahs, elephants
and even seal lions, penguins, and flamingos.
of all the carvings in Twyfelfontein,
there was only one discovered depiction of a human.
(I offered to make an authentic second one but was politely
dismissed.) There were only
a few rock paintings, which dated between 2,000 and 3,000 years
old. Unlike the carvings,
there were several people depicted in them.