Art of the Apocalypse: Southern Africa’s Bushmen Left the Agony of their End Time on Rock Walls

Sven Ouzman, Johannes Loubser

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Abstract

The final rock paintings of the southern Bushmen are pictures are pale, ghostly images of curiously distorted beings. Grotesque monsters menace the shadows or pursue fleeing humans, who aren’t quite human. Painted in a watery white, images from the End Time often cover the brilliantly colored and skillfully depicted rock art of earlier and far better times. The ethereal images were, perhaps, a final, plaintive cry for help to the spirits who had kept their world safe and ordered for centuries beyond counting. The cry went unanswered. The southern Bushmen are gone now from the spectacular mountains and river valleys near the southern tip of Africa. But the sandstone walls of rock shelters tell the agony of their passing. It is told through the art of the Bushman Apocalypse.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDiscovering Archaeology
Number of pages8
Volume2
Publication statusPublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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