We later found the carcass of a male impala who, judging by the horns on the side, had died in a rutting argument with another male. Moments later, the Hadza had removed a leg, stripped off the skin, and sizzled the meat over a fire lit by glowing charcoal embers warded off by the friction of a hand drill and blown into a full fire. power in a pile of dried grass.
Getting straight to the point, Sarah quickly asked the Hadza about their beliefs. How are women treated in Hadza society? The women laughed at it happily, revealing that divorces are often started by women who feel their men are not behaving well. And did they believe in God, Sarah wondered. Yes, they told us. The guide to honey, honey, medicinal bark, impala meat were all provided by God. “He’s here now,” said one of the men, pointing to the sun.
“So if there is a God, what happens to you when you die?” Sarah asked. “We all have to die,” they told us with a smile. “We don’t worship our ancestors. When someone is about to die, we build a shelter and leave them provisions of honey, herbs, and food for a few days, then we leave them.
We will not forget our time with the Hadza. The human world, like the natural world, would undoubtedly be a poorer place without cultural diversity. But could we live like them? Of course not. We wouldn’t last more than a few months at most, almost certainly succumbing to bites, illness, or accidental shock with a lion.
Can we learn from them? It’s a good question. Their knowledge of medicine and herbs and their ability to live sustainably is one of the best examples on the planet of lives lived in harmony with nature. And their unique approach to daily life, their shared common values, and their apparent lack of foreboding for the future is a lesson we should all seek to emulate.
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