Botswana Giant One-Legged Man Rock Engravings
Learn all about the Matsieng Footprints of a Giant One-Legged Man Rock Engravings in southeast Botswana.
Giant One-Legged Man Rock Engravings
Botswana Matsieng Footprints of a Giant One-Legged Man Rock Engraving
Local Botswana folklore tells of the Matsieng Footprints in a slab of sandstone punctured by two deep holes and sacred rock engravings are that the first ancestor of the Batswana, Matsieng who was a one-legged giant man who climbed out of one of the deep holes followed by his people, and their livestock and wildlife.
Petroglyphs are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, picking, carving, or abrading, as a form of rock art. Respecting sacred history, the Matsieng animal and human footprints are thought to really be petroglyphs created by the ancestors of the Khoisan (San) people during the Late Stone Age. Water holes and caves are sacred to the Khoisan people especially for rainmaking ceremonies and rituals.
Today there are about 100,000 Khoisan people, speaking 35 Khoe-San languages across southern Africa demanding to be referred to by their indigenous identity, San people rightly choose to call themselves Khoisan.
The Khoisan people are the descendants of the original Homo sapiens who have inhabited Southern Africa for more than 150,000 years.
Some of these communities had established ties to San peoples who lived just west of Moshoeshoe's territory. As a result, the South Sotho language or seSotho, unlike that of North Sotho, incorporates a number of click sounds associated with Khoisan languages.
Petroglyph vs Hieroglyph
A hieroglyph is a stylized picture used to represent a word, sound or idea in writing petroglyphs are images made by removing part of the rock surface by incising, pecking, carving, and abrading the rock surface.