Southern African San Rock Painting as Social Intervention: A Study of Rain-Control Images

  title={Southern African San Rock Painting as Social Intervention: A Study of Rain-Control Images},
  author={J. David Lewis-Williams and David Pearce},
  journal={African Archaeological Review},
Many aspects of southern African San rock art images can be understood in the light of nineteenth- and twentieth-century ethnography. San beliefs about different kinds of “rain-animals” and the secrecy that attended rain-control rites informed different kinds of social relations between rain-controllers themselves and between them and other people. San communities were less egalitarian than is often supposed, though ongrounds that are commonly overlooked. These points are made in reference to a… 
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