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Saturday, May 31, 2008
The Gods must be Crazy
I cannot stop thinking about that movie. Well, its one of my all time favourites. If only we could go back to a time of such innocence and see the world through the eyes of XiXo.
But even that is really a fantasy. N!xau, who played the role of XiXo, a San from the Kalahari desert was only paid a few hundred dollars for his role in the first film.
N!xau let his first wages blow away in the wind but by the time the second series was made, he was wiser to the ways of our world. He demanded several hundred thousand dollars for the second film.
He became a farmer when his filming career ended and died in 2003, age uncertain.
So, while I enjoy watching XiXo and his clan, its also sad to see the loss of innocence, not only in the film but also in real life.
I started painting many years ago (in the 1980's) while I was studying anthropology. So it seems fitting that my thoughts have returned to a time, long ago, when I used painting to think about and debate anthropological theories. My canvas was a wonderful tool to keep my mind at peace and open worlds and cultures.
Yesterday, I was only able to start painting later in the day and stopped at 3 am this morning.
And strangely, it was thoughts of N!xau and the magnificent Kalahari desert that found its way into a painting of Kilkee!
It's a funny world. Indeed, the gods must be crazy.