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Birds are commonly depicted in rock art. Some of the depictions of birds are shown swooping down on animals or standing next to dead antelope.

In San mythology, flight is a wide spread metaphor for trance experience due to the sensations of rising up and floating  that are part of some altered states of consciousness produced by the universal human nervous system.

In the Cape, the Free State, the KwaZulu-Natal and Namibia, and somewhat less frequently in the Natal Drankensberg, there are some depictions of ostrich.

Bushwomen make beads by boring through fragments of ostrich eggshell and then rounding the pieces by rubbing them through a grooved stone.

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