|Classification|||||A.05.2. Archaeology, Sites of Veneration|
|Place|||||Windhoek, Auas Mountains|
|Site Environment|||||Mountains, close to the townlands of Windhoek.|
|Refences|||||Official Gazette 1939, No. 281, 1955. Vogt, Andreas, "National Monuments in Namibia", Windhoek 2004, p. 31-31. Vedder, H., "Die 'Heitsi-eibeb'-Graeber in S.W.A.", unpublished, 1950. Ders., "Alte Graeber in Suedwest", SWA annual, 1958.|
|Legal Status|||||Declared as National Monument on 01.09.1955 by the Historical Monuments Commission for South West Africa (HMC).|
Stones piled upon each other..
The respect one paid to such a mound was the same as that accorded to ordinary graves. Placing something on the mound was accompanied by a verbal \'request\' for safe passage. The Herero call these sites ombindi, and used the site to make a detour around it in a spirit of veneration. For the Nama, the mounds are the graves of the demigod Haiseb, who always rose from death. The stone heaps could also be seen as border posts.