KETWAGO’S RELIGION – BUSHMEN’S WAY OF LIVE
It is almost night on the Kalahari Desert in southern Africa. As the sun sets, the sky turns red, then purple, then black. Ketwago’s father, Tose, has made the evening fire. Fire is a man-thing, so women may not start it, just as they may not hunt animals or touch bows and arrow. Only the men, and boys Ketwago’s age and older, do the hunting. The women and girls search for melons, seeds and roots to eat.
When food is scarce, everyone works hard. But at night, everyone sit and relaxes. All the men, women and children sit around the fire, enjoying its warmth and eating. It is a time for storytelling, joking and dancing. Ketwago believes that the most important of all things is to enjoy the company of other people. He tries hard never to be quarrelsome, mean or angry. Sharing what he has with others is as natural to him as breathing.
Ketwago believes that the world and all things in it were made by Ntadima, who is everywhere and all-powerful. Ketwago does not pray to Ntadima, for Ntadima is too great for that. But ketwago tries not to be proud or mean, for Ntadima does not like that. And Ketwago believes that if a man kills more animals than he needs for food, Ntadima will be angry.
Ketwago is one of a group of people called Bushmen. The beliefs of the Bushmen have to do with their practical, everyday needs. They are interested most in finding food and living together happily.