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    Water, stone and legend

    ISBN: 9781770079458
    Few travellers through the relentless expanse of the Karoo take in much beyond the band of tar stretching, arrow-straight, ahead of them through the endlessness.
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    Few travellers through the relentless expanse of the Karoo take in much beyond the band of tar stretching, arrow-straight, ahead of them through the endlessness. Carefully planned pit stops segment most long-distance journeys as though to limit exposure to this realm of colossal skies fringed with arid mountain reaches. Yet the ancient land hides a treasure trove of rock art: the scorched peaks at its southern edge contain countless overhangs and caves lavishly decorated with hand prints, animals and strange creatures û half-human, half-fish. In this title, archaeologist Renee Rust and photographer Jan van der Poll trace the relationship of San rock art to shamanistic rituals and to stories and legends that still circulate in the Little Karoo today, tales of mythical beings û the watermeide, or water maidens û who are said to dwell in the springs and isolated watercourses that nourish this semi-arid region. In so doing, they document a unique and irreplaceable piece of living heritage. Through them, the rock begins to breathe and the ancient pictograms reach out to us across the ages.
    Few travellers through the relentless expanse of the Karoo take in much beyond the band of tar stretching, arrow-straight, ahead of them through the endlessness. Carefully planned pit stops segment most long-distance journeys as though to limit exposure to this realm of colossal skies fringed with arid mountain reaches. Yet the ancient land hides a treasure trove of rock art: the scorched peaks at its southern edge contain countless overhangs and caves lavishly decorated with hand prints, animals and strange creatures û half-human, half-fish. In this title, archaeologist Renee Rust and photographer Jan van der Poll trace the relationship of San rock art to shamanistic rituals and to stories and legends that still circulate in the Little Karoo today, tales of mythical beings û the watermeide, or water maidens û who are said to dwell in the springs and isolated watercourses that nourish this semi-arid region. In so doing, they document a unique and irreplaceable piece of living heritage. Through them, the rock begins to breathe and the ancient pictograms reach out to us across the ages.
    Products specifications
    ISBN13 9781770079458
    Sub-Title Rock art of the Klein Karoo
    Contributor Rust, Renee; van der Poll, Jan
    Language English
    Format hardback (slipcased)
    Height 180.0
    Width 200.0
    Weight 528
    Publisher Struik Nature
    Publication Date 2011-09-01
    Short Description Few travellers through the relentless expanse of the Karoo take in much beyond the band of tar stretching, arrow-straight, ahead of them through the endlessness.
    Full Description Few travellers through the relentless expanse of the Karoo take in much beyond the band of tar stretching, arrow-straight, ahead of them through the endlessness. Carefully planned pit stops segment most long-distance journeys as though to limit exposure to this realm of colossal skies fringed with arid mountain reaches. Yet the ancient land hides a treasure trove of rock art: the scorched peaks at its southern edge contain countless overhangs and caves lavishly decorated with hand prints, animals and strange creatures û half-human, half-fish. In this title, archaeologist Renee Rust and photographer Jan van der Poll trace the relationship of San rock art to shamanistic rituals and to stories and legends that still circulate in the Little Karoo today, tales of mythical beings û the watermeide, or water maidens û who are said to dwell in the springs and isolated watercourses that nourish this semi-arid region. In so doing, they document a unique and irreplaceable piece of living heritage. Through them, the rock begins to breathe and the ancient pictograms reach out to us across the ages.
    Author Biography Archaeologist RenΘe Rust has a doctoral degree from the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Stellenbosch University. She has been researching and documenting the San paintings found in the mountains and ravines of the Klein Karoo and further afield in the Langeberg and Outeniqua Mountains for more than two decades. Jan van der Poll worked as a journalist, advertising copywriter and translator before embarking on a career in photography. He currently works for the Western Cape governmentÆs museum service where he records the rich heritage of local communities.