Rainbow Serpent in Ngarakbal Githabal country

The Ngarakbal Githabal people are the direct descendants of , arguably, one of the most ancient cultures on the planet…..Their ancestral estate is the most most eastern point of the Australian continent……sky serpent - milkyway

The Ngarakbal Githabal are ancestral Bird Tribes….or Feathered Serpent Lore Traditions…..custodians of an ancient ancient oral lore that comes from the ‘Star-tribes’…

The Rainbow Serpent is one of the most widely featured ancestral beings in the traditional lore and custom of the original Australian peoples. Two types of Rainbow Serpents consistently turn up in the culture; the female Rainbow Serpent, is the mother, the original creator being; and the male Rainbow Serpent, is the transformer of the land…thus, its sacred significance is that of both the phallus and the womb. It is the great father and mother of all forms of life, and it is always associated with water, the source of all life…. an important cultural creator being that is linked to their Landscape, through Lore and Language….

In the masculine form it slithers over the land, his tracks shape the mountains, his body scours out the course of the rivers; where he occasionally stopped for a rest, he created waterfalls, bays and lakes. Piles of rocks are said to be his droppings, and such sites are considered sacred. As he moved, his scales scraped off and become the forests and woodlands of the region…….

In the feminine the Rainbow Serpent can be seen in,  and descended from, the band of stars spread across the sky, which form the milky-way galaxy……the everlasting water of space …The sacred waters are the basis of the women’s ‘skin-lore’ kinship relationships…. a personification of fertility, richness in propagation of plants and animals and rain, a narrative that is common throughout Australia…… It is a creator of human beings, having life-giving powers that send conception spirits to all the waterholes……. It is responsible for regenerating rains, and also for storms and floods when it acts as an agent of punishment against those who transgress the law or upset it in any way.

7 sisters 2A popular theme in the Rainbow Serpent narratives is that of the many beautiful and exotic daughters of the Rainbow-Serpent. … The spirits of the daughters of the serpent inhabit rivers, lagoons and waterholes and reside in the night sky…. In many accounts they are Siren-women…In sacred ritual, these daughters of the Serpent are concerned with magico-religious practices for women and love ceremonies for both men and women…

On its journey through the land, the Rainbow Serpent meets with the Seven Sisters – who are called the Wiangaree, or Waringeh in Ngarakbal Githabal language…..and gifts them the lore…The totemic kinship ‘skin’ lore that links all life…… The Rainbow Serpent is primarily a symbol of fertility and creation known both as a benevolent protector of its people and as a malevolent punisher of law breakers……

For the Ngarakbal Githabal of the Yoocum Yoocum moiety of the most eastern point of the Australian continent the Rainbow Serpent is known as ‘Warrazum’….and the Lore comes from the ‘Alcheringa’ [Creation time]…….and  the Alcheringa is the name of  a sacred waterfall located high in the Macpherson Ranges of the New South Wales/Queensland border…in the abode of Warrazum, the Rainbow Serpent.

Here is an extract from an Australian Geographic film by Sorrel Wilby that explains a little more about it in Ngarakbal Githabal country….enjoy

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