Discover the Diversity of Africa!
Within Africa you will find many different cultures,
often within a few miles of each other.
Get a new appreciation for African cultures that date
back thousands of years!
About 400-500 local plants and their uses were known to bushmen, along with the places where they grew – not only providing a balanced nutrition, but also moisture from roots even in time of drought. Plants were used in ways similar to western phyto medicine to treat wounds and heal illnesses; other plants where rather part of healing ceremonies in which a healer would burn plants to make rain, trance to heal an ailment, or perform a charm to bring fertility. The range of ailments treated included wounds including snake bites, colds, stomach ache, tooth ache or headache, or diarrhoea but also infections like malaria, tuberculosis, or syphilis. One bushman plant, Hoodia gordonii, even made the worldwide news since it was patented by a pharma company as a diet support due to its traditional bushman usage to suppress appetite and hunger. They also crafted their clothes, tools, bows and arrows, toys and everything they needed.
The Bushmen are the remnants of Africa's oldest cultural group, genetically the closest surviving people to the original Homo sapiens “core” from which the Khoisan and other people of Africa emerged. Bushmen are small in stature generally with light yellowish skin, which wrinkles very early in life.
Ritual bushman-dance around fire