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Photo, Print, Drawing Rock Painting S00501, Bethlehem, Dihlabeng District Municipality, Free State.

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Title

  • Rock Painting S00501, Bethlehem, Dihlabeng District Municipality, Free State.

Summary

  • This San rock painting depicts red-colored rain-animals. Among all San groups, the most important ritual is the Great Dance in which, through trances, the San say that they harness a kind of spiritual power. They use this power for healing, hunting, removing societal tensions, making rain, and other tasks. Aspects of the Great Dance are pervasive in San rock art, in part because this dance was of such great significance to the San, but more importantly because the act of making rock art seems to have been part of the process by which San ritual specialists harnessed and shared the power of the dance. The image of the painting is part of the Woodhouse Rock Art Collection of the Department of Library Services at the University of Pretoria. The collection includes more than 23,000 slides, maps, and tracings from a large number of rock art sites in South Africa. The San are hunter-gatherer people who lived throughout southern and eastern Africa for thousands of years before being displaced by African tribes and European settlers. The San people continue to live in the Kalahari Desert of Namibia.

Names

  • Woodhouse, Herbert Charles, 1919- Photographer.

Created / Published

  • [place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 1968.

Headings

  • -  South Africa--Free State--Bethlehem
  • -  8000 B.C. to 1900 B.C
  • -  Dihlabeng District Municipality
  • -  Rain animals
  • -  Rock art
  • -  Rock paintings
  • -  San art

Notes

  • -  Title devised, in English, by Library staff.
  • -  Original resource extent: Representation of a slide.
  • -  Original resource at: University of Pretoria Library.
  • -  Description based on data extracted from World Digital Library, which may be extracted from partner institutions.

Medium

  • 1 online resource.

Source Collection

  • Woodhouse Rock Art Collection

Digital Id

Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2021669878

Online Format

  • compressed data
  • image

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

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Chicago citation style:

Woodhouse, Herbert Charles, Photographer. Rock Painting S1, Bethlehem, Dihlabeng District Municipality, Free State. Free State Bethlehem South Africa, 1968. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669878/.

APA citation style:

Woodhouse, H. C. (1968) Rock Painting S1, Bethlehem, Dihlabeng District Municipality, Free State. Free State Bethlehem South Africa, 1968. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/2021669878/.

MLA citation style:

Woodhouse, Herbert Charles, Photographer. Rock Painting S1, Bethlehem, Dihlabeng District Municipality, Free State. [Place of Publication Not Identified: Publisher Not Identified] Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/2021669878/>.