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Siyakha Mguni - MA Thesis 2002

Siyakha Mguni - MA Thesis 2002

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Siyakha's study demonstrates that the complex images of rock art known as formlings depict or evoke the equally complex architecture of termites nests. These nests and their paintings are characteristic of southern African Savannas north of South Africa. Depicted in cutaway and full of metaphorical references, they go beyond the image into the imagination.
Siyakha's study demonstrates that the complex images of rock art known as formlings depict or evoke the equally complex architecture of termites nests. These nests and their paintings are characteristic of southern African Savannas north of South Africa. Depicted in cutaway and full of metaphorical references, they go beyond the image into the imagination.

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Continuity and change in San belief and ritual: someaspects of the enigmatic ‘formling’ and tree motifs fromMatopo Hills rock art, Zimbabwe
Siyakha Mguni
A thesis submitted to the Faculty of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, for the degree of Master of Arts. Johannesburg 2002
Copyright Material: University of the Witwatersrand
 
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Declaration
I declare that this thesis is my own work unless otherwise acknowledged. It is being submitted for the degree of Master of Arts in the University of theWitwatersrand, Johannesburg. It has not been submitted before for any degree orexamination in any other university.This----------14
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PrefaceVoyage of discovery
This study was motivated by a personal revelatory experience I had when, in April1995 shortly after I joined the National Museums and Monuments of Zimbabwe asa trainee archaeologist and monuments inspector, I first encountered one of themost spectacular rock art sites in Matopo Hills (hereafter called Matopo
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It was a two-hour walk to the site, but one filled with surprises as we strolledthrough dramatic ‘castle-kopjes’ and gigantic ‘whalebacks’ called
dwalas
(isi-Ndebele word for bare granite domes, Plate 1) typical of this landscape. Located inMatabeleland South Province of southwestern Zimbabwe within the granite belt ofZimbabwe (Map 1), Matopo (Appendix 1 Map 1) comprises 3, 000 million yearsold granites. These are interspersed with intrusions of other rocks, such as quartz,dolerite veins and dykes. Altitudes range generally between 1 200 m and 1 500 m(Moger, no date). This hilly landscape covers an area of 2 180 km². They spreadfrom the Mangwe River in the west to Mbalabala in the east. It contains a), and,perhaps, in southern Africa. And little did I realize that this experience heraldedmy future career. This site is Nanke Cave on the eastern part of Matobo NationalPark. Ironically, although I had read about the Drakensberg paintings as part ofmy Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Zimbabwe, I had never heard of orseen a picture of Nanke paintings.
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The origin of the word ‘Matopo’ (Anglicised version ‘Matopos’) is obscure. Some argue that it is acorruption of a Kalanga word ‘Matombo’ (stones), referring to rock outcrops. Others say it derivesfrom se-Sotho, meaning ‘bald heads’. Legend has it that Mzilikazi (Ama-Ndebele King ca. 1830-1868), used an analogy of bald heads of his indunas (council of advisors and military commanders),in astonishment at the jumbled mass of bare domes and balancing rocks, to describe this landscape.

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