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Image Type:   Re-drawing, Rock Painting
Image Id:   RARI RSA CUL1 1R
Site Id:   RSA CUL1
Country:   South Africa
Province:   Eastern Cape
District:   Elliot
Date:   01/01/1988
Filing location original:   RARI Main Archives Room
Filing dvd:   RARI-TR&RD-DVD-003
Collection:   RARI
Image Ref:   RARI-RSA-CUL1-1R.jpg
Ground Material:   Tracing film
Who holds the copyright:   RARI
Medium/Format:   Ink
Redrawn by:   Dowson, Thomas
Description:   Published in "Images of Power" pages 64-65 and in "A Cosmos in Stone" by Lewis-Williams, J.D., page 230. A swarm of bees and a rectangular shape that may be a hive. In rock art, one sees depictions of nested U-shapes with bees. Bushman shamans interpreted this particular shape as a honeycomb because bees are a Bushman symbol of potency. In the Kalahari, Bushmen dance when bees are swarming because they believe that they can harness their potency for a particularly effective dance.
Original size:   65.8 x 44.16cm
Accessibility:   Open to all