Conflict on the frontier: San rock art, spirituality, and historical narrative in the Free State Province, South Africa

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Abstract

A San rock art site near the town of Wepener (Free State Province, South Africa) is considered by local inhabitants to depict specific historical events of the nineteenth century. This chapter describes the paintings and—using ethnographic evidence—dispels romantic myths: the site is not a mere “narrative” of actual events but rather a manifestation of the cosmological belief systems of the San.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRock Art and Sacred Landscapes
EditorsDonna L. Gillette, Mavis Greer, Michele Helene Hayward, William Breen Murray
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherSpringer
Pages103-115
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781461484066
ISBN (Print)9781461484059
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameOne World Archaeology
Volume8

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Hampson, J. G. (2014). Conflict on the frontier: San rock art, spirituality, and historical narrative in the Free State Province, South Africa. In D. L. Gillette, M. Greer, M. H. Hayward, & W. B. Murray (Eds.), Rock Art and Sacred Landscapes (pp. 103-115). (One World Archaeology; Vol. 8). New York: Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-8406-6_7