African Cosmos: Stellar Arts
Photo: Gavin Jantjes, South Africa
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.