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TWYFELFONTEIN BUSHMAN ROCK PAINTINGS NAMIBIA. The single largest collection of Bushman rock engravings on the African Continent.

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Twyfelfontein Namibia Bushmen Paintings

The paintings are often overlooked on your tour. Be sure to ask the guide.

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Twyfelfontein Bushman Rock Paintings of antelope Twyfelfontein Bushman Rock Painting "the two tailors"


The paintings at Twyfelfontein are not as numerous as those to be found at the Brandberg or the Erongo and they are painted on sandstone instead of granite. At the Twyfelfontein site it can be seen that the rock engravings were mainly reserved for the animals that were deemed to have mystical powers. Whereas the paintings appear to be more of a recreational depiction of the daily lifestyle of the ancient Bushmen that lived at the Twyfelfontein. Scenes of the game animals that shared 'their' valley and scenes of the group's activities.


The above right painting has caused an amount of speculations as to the meaning. The people sitting cross-legged were originally named the 'two tailors', but more recent opinions consider that the seated beings were swaying from side to side possibly in rhythm to some chant or music.


Twyfelfontein Bushman Rock Paintings ' small archer taking aim'

Twyfelfontein Bushman Rock Painting 'Two Archers' Twyfelfontein Bushman Rock Painting " three men dancing'


The hunters above holding spears and the appealing depiction of the bowman on the left make for some pleasing photographs. The ancient Africans lived in harmony with their surroundings and the game was abundant before the white man introduced the rifle. The lifestyle of the peoples who lived at the Twyfelfontein over a period of  several thousands of years was one of relative plenty and afforded them the time to express themselves artistically. If you can make the time to relax and switch off from all of the rushing around of your tour of Namibia, you too might be able to enjoy some of those 'dreaming times' with them.


Acknowledgements and further reading: GV1, GV4, H12, R6, R7, P1, W12


Twyfelfontein Engravings

The site is operated under the supervision of the National Heritage Council of Namibia and trained local guides will take you around the site also showing you the points of interest

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