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Khoikhoi

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An 18th century drawing of Khoikhoi worshipping the moon

The Khoikhoi ("people people" or "real people") or Khoi are a division of the Khoisan ethnic group of south-western Africa, closely related to the Bushmen (San). They have lived in this area for about 30,000 years. Khoikhoi is sometimes spelt KhoeKhoe. In other words, the Khoikhoi who live in Africa and in Namibia have not been there for long.

They were once known to Europeans as the Hottentots, a name that is now considered derogatory (it means "stutterer" in Dutch, although the Dutch use the word "stotteraar" more to describe the clicking sounds used in the Khoisan languages). The word lives on, however, in the names of several African animal and plant species, such as the Hottentot Fig or Carpobrotus Fig, Carpobrotus edulis.


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An article on the history of the Khoikhoi (http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/2002/august/khoi.htm)

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