After a long drive over Namibia’s dirt roads and a strenuous one-hour hike through the riverbed of the dry Tsisab river I finally make it to the Brandberg Mountain in Damaraland, the home of a thousand bushman paintings.
The Brandberg mountain is an impressive dome shaped granitic intrusion in the middle of the arid and harsh Namib desert. A better setting for these 2,000 year old works of art is hard to imagine. I am not surprised that the Bushmen have always thought of it as a holy site; it reminds me of Ayers Rock in Australia.
The center piece of the rock paintings is the famous ”White Lady” depicting a hunting scene. The outlines of men, zebra and oryxes are faintly visible, faded because tourists used to throw water on it to bring the colors out. It is a scene we recognize from rock paintings all over the world.
But my attention is quickly drawn to a tall and elegant figure, very distinctive from the rest. Striding along, as if on a mission. Then it strikes me he looks more like a shepherd gathering his flock, than a hunter, like the other figures in the painting. No idea why they decided to call him the White Lady. I am sure he would have objected being called that...
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