The Hunting Tradition Of Africa – A Heroic Game For The Brave And Mighty!

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The Hunting Tradition Of Africa - A Heroic Game For The Brave And Mighty!
The African Hunters Art:photo credit/ugandansatheart.blogspot.com
As a child, I hated encountering hunters during their game of hunting owing to a particular method of hunting which I fear till date –The use of domestic Dogs trained to trap, track and kill animals in the forest; I feared they lack the sense to distinguish between humans and animals as long as they remain in the insanity attached to the exercise.

There was a time in the history of Africa, especially the Igbo tribe of Nigeria, when real men were only determined by the visible outcome of their hunting adventure displayed in form of skulls of different kinds of animal – big and small, strong and frail alike in a hut or a tent of meeting mounted at the center of the compound.

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In those days, just as one can easily tell the presence or existence of a mighty man in a family, clan or community by sighting the skulls of animals displayed in their varieties in the center of a compound, today, a mighty man is easily spotted just by sighting his car or houses (in terms of material possession or wealth).

The Hunting Tradition Of Africa - A Heroic Game For The Brave And Mighty!
Hunters and the varieties of hunted animal skulls:photo credit/baobabtravel.wordpress.com

That is, for our fore fathers, wealth or fame is equivalent to either of your hunting, wrestling or war strength. No wonder pretty maidens were given out in marriage on the basis of the existing history of the above strengths.

What then is the act of hunting?

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Hunting is the practice of skillfully tracking, trapping or pursuing animals with the intent of killing them.

The Hunting Tradition Of Africa - A Heroic Game For The Brave And Mighty!
African Hunter in his Traditional Hunters Attire:photo credit/pinterest.com

In the days of our fore fathers, hunting was a means of livelihood: That is, humans in the past hunts animal for food, others engage in the hunting game to get rid of animals that are dangerous for human life and domestic animals (heroism), while for others, it is a form of trade and occupation.

Methods Of Hunting In Africa.

As a child, I hated encountering hunters during their game of hunting owing to a particular method of hunting which I fear till date –The use of domestic Dogs trained to trap, track and kill animals in the forest; I feared they lack the sense to distinguish between humans and animals as long as they remain in the insanity attached to the exercise.

The Hunting Tradition Of Africa - A Heroic Game For The Brave And Mighty!
Hunters and their dogs in the game:photo credit/amaphupho.co.za

Here, these specially trained Dogs are decorated in a funny and scary manner – with bells and other noisy objects hung around their necks. It is usually done in such a way that the bells and noisy objects around their neck and body produce whole lots of no-definite- sound; thereby scaring the prey out of its hiding place in a bid to run or move to a safer direction, then with the help of the Dog which will not hesitate to chase after the animal prey, the hunter shoots or captures the animal dead or alive.

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Meanwhile, African hunters have devised other means of capturing, trapping and tracking animals such as “Night hunting and trap–setting.”

Do you live in a part of Africa where hunting is a norm and a game for the brave and mighty?

Don’t miss the opportunity of gathering the hunters experience, walk up to a famous hunter today and enjoy their hunting saga.

Written by Susan Dikeji.

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