T IS FOR TWYFELFONTEIN!
THE A- Z CHALLENGE.
Ancient school ground?
Twyfelfontein ( in Africaans meaning uncertain spring ) is in Namibia's southern Kunene region. This World Heritage site covers an area of the Huab Valley and contains many areas of rock art etched on the reddish sandstone rocks on the slopes of the surrounding table mountain landforms. Over 5,000 individual depictions have now been catalogued, some thought to date as far back as 5- 6,000 years ago by the early hunter-gatherers. Later Khoikhoi inhabitants of the area produced their own rock engravings and paintings.
|Visitor centre at Twyfelfontein|
|Leave a tip for the toilet.|
|The artwork upon rocks scattered through the area.|
|Typical terrain of the Heritage Site.|
|Zebra, gazelle and giraffe depictions.|
Many reasons are given for why early humans would spend so much time decorating rocks or cave walls. Has the need to express one's artistic sense been with us from earliest times? Did early man just get bored and feel like graffiti covering his cave or environment not unlike rebellious youth of today? Or perhaps a need to give offerings to their belief in the gods they found all around them in everyday life?
But perhaps in many cases there is a simpler and more practical reason for so many paintings or engravings of animals and humans in a small area- a school!
Yes, a school, or a teaching aid for the young boys of a tribe. When being initiated into manhood, young boys would be brought to these rocks and given lessons from their elders how to identify, hunt and kill an animal.
Today we build multi- million dollar universities.