The Pleiades is a cluster of bright stars, of which six or seven are usually predominant. When the Pleiades are seen first thing in the morning, usually August to September, it is the start of the planting season. The San Bushmen knew that when these stars appeared it was the start of summer and the rainy season.
Procyon, which lies close to Orion and Sirius, was known to the San People as the Male Eland and it had two wives, namely Castor and Pollux. These stars are the two bright stars of Gemini.
Spot Shooting Stars
Meteors, also known as shooting stars, are favourable to the San Bushmen as they believe it foretells rain. However, in other cultures, it is seen as a bad omen. A meteor has been said to be an evil spirit that races across the sky and causes mischief. Some Bushmen see it as a falling star which knows when one of their own is going to die.
The Sun and the Moon
To end off, there is an interesting piece of mythology relating to the sun and the moon. In Bushmen mythology, the Sun is angered by the Moon. Then little by little the Sun’s sharp rays cut off pieces of the Moon until the Moon is just a sliver in the sky. The Moon then gradually grows again as it begs for mercy from the Sun and the Sun slowly forgives the Moon.
Book your stay at Bermanzi and see the skies as you’ve never seen them before when enjoying a weekend of hiking in Mpumalanga.