Category: botswana

New Study Pinpoints The Ancestral Homeland of All Humans Alive Today:

A group of researchers say they have pinpointed the ancestral homeland of all humans alive today: modern-day Botswana. Based on analyses of mitochondrial DNA, the researchers concluded that every person alive today descended from a woman who lived in modern-day Botswana about 200,000 years ago.

The Herero, a prominent South West African group, had a worldview centered around their herds of cattle. A key creation myth said first Herero had been given a bull and a cow by the Creator. Meanwhile other peoples had to be content with inferior gifts.

When this creation myth was challenged once by a German settler, one proud herdsman is reputed to have answered: “Everyone is greedy. The European is devoted to dead metals. We are more intelligent, we get our joy out of living creatures.”