Titles About Kalahari Mantis
An Interesting Meditation On The Meaning Of The Mantis: In Hardcover And Paperback: Sir Laurens grew up in South Africa, where the Bushmen known as the ‘San’ have a profound understanding of the sacredness of the mantis. A New York psychoanalyst and a Kalahari Bushman inspired him to write an exploration of primitive consciousness, the modern unconscious and their common promptings and imponderables. The clash of African and American cultures is depicted with no judgment about which is better. This is an intriguing story about the importance of myth in everyday life.
In the 1962, in a college anthropology class, John Ashford was introduced to the Kalahari Bushmen. Their peaceful way of life and John’s childhood memories of listening to field recordings of chants by indigenous cultures resulted in a life-long fascination with these people. Years later, in the 1990s, John and his wife, Gen, find themselves in Botswana as Peace Corps Volunteers and middle-aged adventures. Toward the end of their service in the Peace Corps and restless about returning to the States, John discovers he is eager to resolve his lingering questions about the mysterious Bushmen. An article in a Botswana newspaper about an elderly white man named Freddy Morris, who has lived with the Bushmen for over 70 years, has sparked John’s curiosity, and he persuades Gen to set out into the vast Kalahari to find Freddy. Encounters with locals and African wildlife weave in and out of their journey. A prominent activist working on behalf of the Bushmen speaks with them, and John soon finds himself receiving a whirlwind education about the life of the Kalahari Bushmen in the modern world.
Mystery readers who have not yet made the acquaintance of larger than life African investigator Detective David ‘Kubu’ Bengu are doing themselves a great disservice. Death of the Mantis is the third Kubu novel from author Michael Stanley—following the critically acclaimed A Carrion Death and The Second Death of Goodluck Tinubu—and it plunges the robust manhunter into the chaotic center of a murder case involving nomadic Bushmen in Botswana that is stoking the fires of prejudice and tribal hatred.
The Bushmen believe that in the beginning there was only a shadowy darkness all over the world. The sun, moon and stars did not even exist yet. Therefore it was night all the time and all the ancient peoples and animals existed in this cold shadowy world. In a cave deep in the Ghost Mountains of the Kalahari Desert, lived an ancient family that never had a son, only three daughters. They lived their quiet, dark life deep in this stone cave, while the whole world outside was covered in eternal night and darkness. It is said that before we were born and again after we die, we exist almost as if asleep, in this eternal shadowy dream-world and only the most vivid of our dreams are manifested into a brief flash of illumination that we call life.
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