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Mythology of the Maluti Bushmen

Orpen's drawing, Melikane

In 1873, J.M. Orpen obtained the services of a San guide named Qing. As they travelled through the Maluti mountains, Orpen copied rock paintings and Qing explained what they meant.

This unique record has been basic to the reinterpretations of rock art first put forward by Patricia Vinnicombe in People of the Eland (1976) and David Lewis-Williams, Believing and Seeing (1981)

Pic: Joseph Orpen's rendering of the therianthrope panel at Melikane, Lesotho

From: The eland's people: new perspectives in the rock art of the Maloti-Drakensberg Bushmen: essays in memory of Patricia Vinnicombe / edited by Peter Mitchell and Benjamin Smith. Johannesburg, South Africa : Wits University Press, 2009, p. 46

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