171 examine botanical motifs associated with human figures to show how they were important in this San cosmological concept.
Fig. 23. A therianthrope holds a tree while a squatting figure claps (redrawn from Cooke 1971)
I begin with Figure 23 from Matopo. It shows two ethereal human figures juxtaposed with a tree. The figure holding the tree trunk where lower branches stem off is a therianthrope, with horns, large ears and an antelope head that Cooke suggested to be zebra-like. The figure farthest from the tree in a crouching posture is more human in form and is clapping. These figures have grossly exaggerated â€˜streamersâ€™ underneath their armpits (NB. Cooke did not mention
Published on Dec 31, 2001
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand,Johannesburg, for the degree of Master of Arts. 2002, by Siyakha...