The San people in Southern Africa
It is believed that San (Bushman) have lived in the area of the Kalahari Desert for thousands of years.
San rock paintings are among the oldest forms of art found in all of Africa.
WHAT IS THEIR LIFE LIKE?
The San are generally defined as a hunter-gathers. As such, they live in small family groups and move about the land in search of food and water. In recent years, many San have begun to settle in larger groups around water sources, and many have also settled in the communities of their neighbours.
WHAT DO THEY BELIEVE?
San religion observes the supremacy of one powerful god, while recognizing the presence of lesser gods and respecting the spirits of the dead. It is also believed among the San that tilling the soil is contrary to the world order established by the god. Some groups also revere the moon. San peoples have extensive oral traditions. Many of their tales incorporate stories about the gods that serve to educate listeners about what is considered moral behaviour. Ritual dance is very important in the community as it is believed to have healing powers.
- The Gospel is beginning to spread amongst the San. Praise God for progress being made!
- The San feel discriminated against and misunderstood in the nations in which they live. They mostly want to preserve their way of life, but find themselves at odds with authorities. Pray for an amicable resolution to their grievances.
- Pray for Bible translation efforts to begin. Pray for literacy programs to be put in place and for audio Bibles to become available to the San.
DID YOU KNOW?
Main Language: Haiom
Available Scriptures: None
Worldwide there are still 160 million people, speaking 1700-1800 languages, that need Bible translation to begin. The San have been somewhat evangelised, but are still among those who can’t hear God’s word in their native tongue.