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160 turn to describe in detail, an animal is encapsulates inside the outline of a formling/plant motif (Fig. 21).

Fig. 21. A conflation of a termite nest and a ‘sprouting’ plant (Matopo)

Figure 21 depicts a conflation of a sprouting plant and termite nest. Trifurcating stems with twelve individual offshoots are attached on top of the oval nest. The formling itself is made up of multiple concentric lines that run around it, but are partially weathered on the left where only two remain. At the base there are three root-like appendages. Garlake (1987a: 24) has noted similar motifs in which “Ovals form the core of tuber-like plant forms with sprouting ends.” Inside the

Continuity and change in San belief and ritual  

A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand,Johannesburg, for the degree of Master of Arts. 2002, by Siyakha...