This beautiful fire in the picture above is a very special symbol for every San person (Ju/’hanse). It is a norm for us: every day you must make a fire at your house, whether you have food or not. We also have a special fire where everybody would gather for storytelling, healing or just generally having fun sitting and talking together. We also believe that if you do not make fire at your house, then it will attract bad insects and reptiles, for example snakes. So, you should always make fire at your house because the smell makes you feel protected and keeps away all the bad insects and reptiles.

This picture is just showing how important fire is. It was drawn by my uncle. His name is Tsemkgao Fanie Cwi.