Chongoni Rock Art Area – The amazing ancient rock paintings in Dedza

The area of forested hills of the Malawi plateau with numerous granite outcrops, consisting of more than 120 sites with depictions of rock art and paintings of the farmer community of the Late Stone Age and the Iron Age period.

Their images are particularly associated with women’s initiation, rain-making and funerary rites, traditions that persist in Chewa society to this day. The Chewa are a Bantu ethnic group native to central and southern Africa and the largest ethnic group in Malawi.

This amazing collection of preserved ancient arts records the and traditions of the Chewa agriculturalists and their cultural history / Image source

The rock art sites are near the mountainous region of Dedza which is the highest town in Malawi. The sites identified in the plateau are spread over an area of more than 125 square kilometers.

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