chapter  II
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Chapter II.

IN this chapter I l)l'opose to give extracts from the accounts of former travellers as much as nlY own observations, reserving for my next chapter the inferences I have drawn from them,

JVo'J'shilJ oj Hcitsi-eibib. Corporal Muller, travelling with the Hottentot inter-

preter Harry along the False Bay, east of the Cape, in October, 1655, says:

" We were marching generally in a S.E. direction; after marching half an hour one morning we saw a strange proceeding of the Hottentot women on the side of our path, where a qreat stone lay. Each woman had a Iq1reen branch in her hand, laid down upon her face on the stone, and spoke words, which we did not understand; on asking what it meant, they said, '<Hette hie,' and pointed above, as if they would say, 'It is an offering to God.' "-(CCSutherland Memoir respecting the Kaffers, Hottentots, and Bosjesmans," vol. ii. p. 88.)

As will he seen from the sequel of this chapter, the word " Hette hie" is only a distortion of "Heitsi-eibib," and the form of worship, described here at the cairn, is nothing else but the Heitsi-eibib worship, as it is practised still up to this day allover Great Namaqualand and in

37 [Koranaland, "There Heitsi-eibib has changed names, and the worship is offered to IGarubeb or 'I'sui-llgoab.