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see KhoikhoiKhoikhoi
, people numbering about 55,000 mainly in Namibia and in W South Africa. The Khoikhoi have been called Hottentots by whites in South Africa. In language and in physical type the Khoikhoi appear to be related to the San (Bushmen), i.e.
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Hottentots

 

(self-designation, Khoi-Khoin, “the real people”), people living in the central and southern regions of Namibia (South West Africa; approximately 40,000 people, 1967) and in the Republic of South Africa (1,000 people). The people speak Hottentot languages, and many of them have a knowledge of Afrikaans. Most of the Hottentots are Protestants. The Hottentots and the Bushmen—the oldest inhabitants (nomadic livestock raisers) of South Africa—were driven back into the southwestern desert regions of the continent by the Bantu peoples (during their migration southward in Africa) and were exterminated to a considerable extent by the European colonizers from the 17th to the early 20th century. At the present time some of the Hottentots live on reservations and engage in livestock raising and farming; most work on farms and ranches of the Europeans and in the cities.

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Stow's work was tellingly subtitled: A History of the Intrusion of the Hottentots and the Bantus into the Hunting Grounds of the Bushmen, the Aborigines of the Country.
By the eighteenth century Hottentots had become proverbial as the most savage of all savage peoples, occupying a rung, according to many, elevated just above the beast.
Though the narrators are different--a specialist in psychological warfare who is suffering a breakdown because of his work and a brutal explorer of the frontier who slays the native Hottentots with his guns--both men are tools of a civilization bent on destruction and coercion with superior technology.
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Rauschenbush, though completely deaf, was a master of sarcasm: "We must not imagine that Christian Chinamen or Hottentots, if let alone, would proceed to elect a chairman and secretary, make motions, and put them to a vote according to Cushing's Manual.
The book is clearly organized and quite readable, my only wish being that Rawson had condensed the more than seventy pages devoted to European fascination with the "dangling breasts" and enormous bums of Hottentots.
The gratifying affirmation of "normality" broadened to include cultural superiority when bodies of indigenous people-American Indians, Hottentots, "Kaffirs," and unknown racial types-became booked in the same venues as the physiologically monstrous bodies (Kaplan xvii).
And yes, we took their land from the Boers, who took it from the Bantu, who took it from the Hottentots and the Bushmen, who took it from .
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