Last month was heritage month, but it is good to remember your heritage throughout the year and draw strength and pride from it.
What is heritage?
People’s heritage can be described as the practices and traditions that are passed on from parents to children. Various types of heritage are:
National heritage. A person who was born in South Africa has a South African heritage. This also means they have an African heritage because they were born on this continent.”
Cultural heritage is formed by those things or expressions that show the creativity of people. These can be special monuments, like a building, sculpture, painting, cave dwelling or anything important because of its history, artistic or scientific value.
“When South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a ” rainbow nation” It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa.“ — Lowry.
SOME INTERESTING BOOKS ON CULTURE AND HERITAGE:
van Suid-Afrika, Geskiedenis red A J van der Walt et al. 2 Volumes
Boek 1: die Witman in Suid-Afrika, boek: 2 bestuursvorme en hul ontwikkeling.
Vast Heritage an 1820 Settlers Epic novel by Vera Buchanan-Gould
The story of the heroine, Beth, one of the four thousand permanent 1820 Settlers to the Eastern Cape who acted as human barriers between primitive races and the civilized white Colonists of the Cape of Good Hope, and how they had to face many obstacles and sacrifices on the primitive frontier.
South Africa’s wildlife heritage by Anthony Bannister and Peter Johnson with text by Mike Nicol. Colourful, captivating illustrations of animals and nature captured in this book by world famous photographers Bannister and Johnston and complemented with text By Mike Nicol, with contents ranging on wildlife from the Lowveld, Highveld, arid west, Natal, the Cape and our Seashores.
Afrikaanse Volkskultuur deur Prof Abel Coetzee Inleiding tot die studie van volkskunde
Vanaf grondbeginsels van die Afrikaanse kultuur, en hoofstukke oor geestelike kultuur, and stoflike kultuur en volksaard. Swart en wit fotos van wonings, kleredrag, meubels en ander volksitems.
Dapper Kinders Van Suid-Afrika deur D J Kotze. Heldhaftige kinders ook jong Boereoorlog helde. EERSTE DRUK
Dapper Kinders Van Suid-Afrika eer die bekende en minder bekende heldhaftige kinders in die geskiedenis van Suid-Afrika. Ook jong Boereoorlog helde en heldinne. Daar word vertel van die koue nag toe Klara Majola haar blinde pa gaan soek het. Jacobus Lombard onthou die ontberings wat hy as 15-jarige seun op die Dorslandtrek gebly het en die dapperheid wat dit gekos het om te oorleef.Die Anglo-Boereoorlog se Penkoppe (seuns van ongeveer 10–15 jaar) het saam met die Boere op kommando gegaan en in sekere gevalle saam gesneuwel. ‘n Versameling van 36 verhale wat ’n blik gee op die heldemoed wat kinders jonger as 16 jaar aan die dag gelê het. Fotos, illustrasies.
Commando of horses and men by Deneys Reitz a Boer journal of the Boer War and the aftermaths of war.
Deneys Reitz takes the reader on a journey of historical incidents including the tribulations of the Boer commando, the struggles of his father, President Fanie William Reitz, and the aftermath of the war which included long years of exile.
Storm over the Transvaal by T V Bulpin Transvaal early history FIRST EDITION
An account of Transvaal history from 1884 until 1900 a turbulent period in the history of South Africa, which covers the discovery of gold, personalities such as Paul Kruger and Jan smuts. The story recounts the clash of Boer and Brit, avarice and corruption, leading up to the Anglo-Boer War. Illustrations by C T Astley Maberly
There are no South Africans by G H Calpin. Historical overview of South Africa including holism theory.
An overview of the historical and political influences that shaped South African history ending with a chapter on Hertzog and holism.
Rags of Glory by Stuart Cloete Anglo Boer War novel
An epic novel of “A civil war in which brother was against brother in which an industrialised people attempted to force material and alien culture upon farmers who were fighting for a way of life.”
Path of Blood by Peter Becker.The Rise and Conquest of Mzilikazi, Founder of the Matabele Tribe of Southern Africa
Path of Blood by Peter Becker a biography of Mzilikazi, “the Great Path”, founder of the Matabele tribe who conquered peoples of the Transvaal, Botswana, and further north, creating the Matabele nation from his captives. Although he repulsed the Zulu army, he failed to dislodge the emigrant Boers from his territory. Chapter on Boers and their leaders and the missionary Moffat. Contains black and white photos and illustrations.
When you despair about things such as fake news, politics, corruption and the economy, take up a book and read something inspiring. Shakespeare once said “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy”.