In the Bushmen society

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Benjamin Nalder Anthro 101 Jenna Section 1 February 15, 2008 A Hunter Gatherer Society In the Bushmen society, the act of hunting touches on all aspects of life. From social standing to religion to even sexual potency, all rely on the individual’s ability to hunt. From a boy to a man, from a child to a hunter, this transition defines and enriches the Bushmen society. From a very early age, all young men in Bushmen society learn to hunt. It is not uncommon to see children as young as three years old take an interest in what becomes the trade of all able men. As the children grow, they learn to set traps and hunt small game. All the spoils of their efforts are divided among the children, an imitation of the division of meat that occurs within the adult community. These are very important practices for these children, seeing that their adult life will depend much upon what they learn at this very young age; the first of these consequences being the ability to marry. Marriage is deeply rooted in the act of hunting in the Bushmen society. A young man is not able to marry until he has proven his prowess and ability to provide by killing his first big game animal. This act completes the transition from his childhood into the realm of manhood. For some, this happens very early. For others, such as the man found by Elizabeth and her companions who, “…was the only Bushman of any nation we had ever met or even heard of who had never married, this because Bushmen men must shoot a buck and undergo initiation before they can marry, which he had never done. Instead he lived with his sister, who took care of him and provided him with food…” (Marshall 1958) As we see, it is rare for a young man not to make this transition, but it does occur. It is also common for marital relations to be strained by the husband’s ability to hunt. Rarely do women leave their husbands; the Bushmen being a very loyal and chaste people. There is however instances when the woman does not feel that her husband is providing adequately for her and her children’s needs. This is one of, if not the only reason, a woman will attempt to leave her husband for another man. Such was the case of the Kung
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Bushmen woman who, seeing that her raiment was tattered and meat was short, attempted to leave her husband in the night to marry a man of great hunting ability. It was only after much convincing that she eventually returned to her husband’s side. (Marshall 1958) This is not much different from our own society. Though money may not be the driving force behind all marriages, it is a factor in the decision for all involved. We see that many divorces in today’s world are due to women seeking a better provider for their needs. This notion that how much we as men can bring into our homes, drives us like the Bushmen to practice our trade from an early age. Though we do not exemplify these traits to the extreme the Bushmen do, they are prevalent in our society. It is also common to hear Bushmen refer to the fear of losing their hunting powers for certain
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