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Basotho Ethnic Group

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Narrative of an Exploratory Tour

Narrative of an Exploratory Tour

Narrative of an Exploratory Tour (T. Arbousset, based upon his journey of 1836 through much of what is now Lesotho and the Free State): Contains …

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Leselinyana

Leselinyana Newspaper

Leselinyana newspaper, dated February 1878, with a letter from Asser Sehahabane, a Mosotho evangelist who was then working to establish a mission in Bonyai (Zimbabwe). …

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Baptismal Register

Baptismal Register

Baptismal Register for Thaba-Bosiu Parish, recording the baptism of the famous prophetess Anna Mantsopa (Manshupa) #349 on 13 March 1870, the day that Moshoeshoe was …

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Map 1837

1837 Map

Map of the Thaba-Bosiu and Morija areas in 1836, as shown in the 1837 volume of Journal des Missions, the regular publication of the Partis …

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Livre d'Or

Livre d’Or

Livre d’Or (The Golden Book, 1912), a large collection of essays and photographs published in Paris to commemorate the 75th Jubilee of the work of …

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George Tlali

George Tlali Moshesh

George Tlali Moshesh, copy of his own written accounts of Lesotho history in 1858, which he composed for Sir George Grey while studying as a …

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Mehlaea Malimo (The Times of the Cannibals)

Mehla ea Malimo cover

Front cover of Mehla ea Malimo (The Times of the Cannibals, 1912), by E. Motsamai, a collection of first-hand accounts of those who survived the …

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Basutoland National Council 1910

1910 Debates of the Basutoland National Council

Debates of the Basutoland National Council, 1910, with specific reference to the terms and safeguards requested of Great Britain …

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Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane

Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane

Drawing of Joshua Nau Makoanyane, Moshoeshoe’s close friend and military commander, made in 1845 by François Maeder. Maeder’s drawings are among the first images that …

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Leeto La Mokreste

Leeto la Mokreste (Pilgrim’s Progress)

Leeto la Mokreste (Pilgrim’s Progress), translated into Sesotho by Adolphe Mabille and published in 1872. This classic Christian text is said to have been one …

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Wooden Sculpure

Sculptures

This wooden sculpture is part of a collection of 7 objects created by Thabo Mautsoa in the 1970s. They were sculpted from teak railway ties …

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Drawing H

Drawing H

This drawing by Tsepiso Lesenyeho illustrates stick fighting, a common past-time among shepherds in Lesotho and other parts of the wider region.

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Drawing G

Drawing G

In this drawing by Tsepiso Lesenyeho a woman is grinding corn using a mill stone.

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Drawing F

Drawing F

This drawing shows Basotho women doing the Mokhibo dance.

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Drawing E

Drawing of Tsepiso Lesenyeho

In this drawing a man is drinking traditional beer from a clay pot while smoking tobacco and dancing to music.

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Drawing D

Drawing D

This drawing shows two little girls wearing traditional attire, lithethana or fibre skirts.

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Drawing C

Drawing C

This drawing shows men wearing blankets with symbolic designs. These blankets are typical of the Basotho. One of the men is playing of strategy called …

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Drawing B

Drawing B

This charcoal drawing illustrates an old tale called ‘The times of the cannibals’. Cannibalism was prevalent during the 1820s as a result of the devastating …

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Drawing A

Drawing A

This charcoal drawing depicts the tale called ‘Lesika la thole’.

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Painting D

Painting D

This painting shows Basotho men performing a traditional dance called “mohobelo” usually performed during joyous celebrations.

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Painting C

Painting C

This painting shows a certain style of Basotho houses (mekhoro). Colourful blankets are drying in the foreground.

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Painting B

Painting B

This painting shows two people wearing Basotho blankets, one of them with a walking stick and a conical hat typical of Lesotho. The woman carries …

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Lerumo Spear

Lerumo Spear

Lerumo – a long spear used as a weapon by warriors. It was a great honour for a warrior to return from battle with his …

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Brass/Copper Bracelet

Brass/Copper Bracelet

A heavy brass/copper bracelet worn by women as a form of decoration. Basotho obtained most of the copper they used through trade with other peoples, …

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Painting A

Painting A

A typical rural scene which is characteristic of many of the pastel paintings by Tsepiso Lesenyeho, a well known artist in Lesotho.

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Tea Cup

Cup and saucer

The white and gold tea cup and saucer were a gift to King Moshoeshoe the Great by the Paris Evangelical Missionary Society. In honour of …

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Thaba Bosiu

Thaba Bosiu 1845

A drawing of Thaba-Bosiu, the citadel of Moshoeshoe the Great, as it appeared in 1845. Thaba-Bosiu was occupied by Moshoeshoe and his followers from 1824 …

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Lesira Veil

Lesira, a straw veil

Lesira is a veil usually drawn over the face of girl initiates. It is made out of straw with decorative beads. Girl initiates, smeared with …

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Belt

Belt

This belt worn by men is made of leather, possibly oxhide, and decorated with glass beads.

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Koakoa

Koakoa, a weapon

Koakoa (battle axe) is made from iron and wood. It was used by warriors in the battlefield.

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