The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia (Maximilian Bayer), translated into English by Peter Carstens.

The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia, originally by Maximilian Bayer, translated into English by Peter Carstens.  Beiträge zur Afrikakunde, Band 6. Basler Afrika-Bibliographien, Basel, 1984. ISBN 3905141388 / ISBN 3-905141-38-8

The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia, originally by Maximilian Bayer, translated into English by Peter Carstens. Beiträge zur Afrikakunde, Band 6. Basler Afrika-Bibliographien, Basel, 1984. ISBN 3905141388 / ISBN 3-905141-38-8

The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia was written by Maximilian Bayer in 1906, originally in German language. This publication has been translated to English by Peter Carstens.

Maximilian Bayer  

[..] "I feel safe on patrol with my Baster soldiers," Captain Böttlin told me at Okosundusu military camp. "They have excellent eyesight and are remarkably skilled at tracking. They are good shots and fight well in the bush. They are people on whom I can rely." He ought to have added: "I can rely on them, and they trust me because they saw me in battle, have lived through difficult times with me, and because it is characteristic of these people that their trust is hard to win but that they firmly believe in a man once he has proven himself in their eyes." However, Böttlin, who has really accomplished something, could be accused of boastfulness, so I have recorded what he modestly withheld. The Basters are unique people. They are a mixture of Boers and Hottentots. We are not dealing here with a single race, or even a specific type; depending on ancestry, the Basters resemble either the Aryan or the Hottentot race. All skin colours are represented, ranging from the white of the European to the deep dark brown of the Bantu, yet the people we have categorized as "Basters" form a definite class of mankind. First of all a few remarks about the early history of the people. The Basters came across the Orange River during the 1870s, guided by their missionary, the Reverend F. Heidmann. They were fleeing from Korana-Hottentots and Bushmen against whom they were unable to defend themselves due to their small numbers. They moved northward until they reached the Rehoboth region. The site was well chosen. There was plenty of water, and the grazing land for their herds was very rich and good. That was, and still is, essential, since cattle and "Bokkies" (sheep and goats) are the only valuable property these people possess. The Baster nation owes its rise and current prosperity to stock raising. Hence all their thoughts are concentrated on this one occupation. Such an achievement, from the raising of livestock alone, would have been utterly impossible had each Baster not had a passion for it and a boundless love in his blood for all his animals. He knows all his cattle and sheep well, calls each one by name, observes their idiosyncracies, and can recount individual characteristics in almost overwhelming detail. A Baster knows no greater joy than when he succeeds in adding some fine animals to his herd. On the other hand, loss affects him severely, and this was often rather difficult to prevent. The land of the Basters lay between Hottentot and Herero territories. These two tribes were significantly stronger and with the innate ruthlessness of most native peoples they sought to make use of their superior power. As a natural consequence, the Basters turned to us for an alliance so as not to be worn down and then conquered by their aggressive neighbours. Fortunately there is a long-standing enmity between the Hottentots and Hereros. History reveals that many a small state owes its survival to the fact that it has powerful neighbours who are locked in bitter enmity and begrudge each other everything while each seeks to win the friendship of the smaller state. The tribal council of the Basters managed, with remarkable diplomatic skill either to remain neutral in their negotiations with neighbouring people, or to lean towards the stronger party. But the Basters also chose us as allies for reasons of racial affinity. They continue to pride themselves on the white blood in their veins and consider themselves superior to other native peoples, preferring to be considered white. [...]

This is an excerpt from The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia by Maximilian Bayer.

Title: The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia by Maximilian Bayer
Author: Maximilian Bayer
Translation: Peter Carstens
Series: Beiträge zur Afrikakunde, Band 6
Publisher: Basler Afrika-Bibliographien
Basel, 1984
ISBN 3905141388 / ISBN 3-905141-38-8
Softcover, 15 x 21 cm, 54 pages, 2 maps, 1 bw photo

Bayer, Maximilian und Carstens, Peter im Namibiana-Buchangebot

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The Rehobother Baster Nation of Namibia by Maximilian Bayer

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