Kagga Kamma | Cultural Heritage

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"There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered" – Nelson Mandela

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Rich Cultural Heritage

One of Kagga Kamma's most unique attractions is the San Rock Art that is found in the area. Some sites depict everyday events while others are representations of spiritual beliefs. The art tells a story that is thousands of years old, about the San who painted, danced and lived in harmony with their surrounds. Some of these paintings date back approximately 6000 years. Rock paintings are difficult to date accurately but San paintings in Namibia have been carbon-dated to some 26 000 years ago. These rock paintings continued over millennia up to the previous century. Some of the art also depicts ships and ox wagons.

The Rock Art shows us that some animals that were previously present in the area have become extinct. Some of the art is also related to the San's religious beliefs and practises and depicts trance/ healing dances. During these dances women would rhythmically sing and clap their hands while men and shamans danced themselves into a trance-like state. It was believed that during a trance state the men would be able to break through to the world of spirits, the main source of sickness, and directly communicate with these spirits to be able to become more effective healers.