Submitted by Chris Webster on Sat, 2006/08/12 - 04:51
Bruce Chatwin, 'The Songlines'

The Bushmen, who walk immense distances across the Kalahari, have no idea of the soul's survival in another world. 'When we die, we die,' they say. 'The wind blows away our footprints, and that is the end of us.'

Sluggish and sedentary peoples, such as the ancient Egyptians - with their concepts of an afterlife journey through the Fields of Reeds - project onto the next world the journeys they failed to make in this one.


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