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African Cosmos: Stellar Arts

Dancing and the Milky Way

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StarkidHeadrestFigure pairRoyal StoolFemale figureStoolMummy boardRainbow Serpent Dancing and the Milky Way

Dancing and the Milky Way

A myth from the Khoi San, a southern African tribe, recounts how a girl dancing around an evening fire threw glowing embers into the night sky, where they remained as a wide, shimmering pathway illuminating the the Milky Way. To set the historic frame of deep time, South African artist Gavin Jantjes rendered the dancing figures in a style reminiscent of southern Africa's ancient rock paintings.

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