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Paton describes the land as sacred, as something to live upon and tend to with the faith that it will always support its residents. Paton writes that "the grass is rich and matted, you can not see the soil. It holds the rain and the mist, and they seep into the ground, feeding the streams in every kloof. It is well tended and not too many cattle feed upon it; not too many fires burn it, laying bare the soil. Stand unshod upon it, for the ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator. Keep it, guard it, care for it, for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men. Destroy it and man is destroyed (Chapter One)." Similarly, tradition deserves respect. It must be fostered in households to keep those households in tact.