Lake Carpentaria is a significant creation site for all of the Feathered Serpent Lore Traditions …..it is the prehistorical lore of how Australia became an Island.
“I want to share with you important creation lore – the Ngarakbul Githabul Bootheram Lore about how this continent Australia became an island way back in the Dreamtime…..this Bootheram metaphorically narrates the sinking of the geological land bridge that once linked our big island to Old World India, way back in the dreamtime”…..
It is called a “Boodharam gawari”, which means story ‘run’, or Songline, with all of the associated djurebil, sacred sites, connected across the landscape, and in the sky”…..
“Way back, long before modern history records, the old world kingdom of prehistoric India was under attack by ancient northern invaders…..The invaders came down from the headwaters of the Indus – in the Tibetan Plateau…..The Bootheram describes it as a ‘war in the centre of the earth’…….people were fleeing for their lives because of geological upheaval and genocide of tribal groups was occuring ”….
“The Bootheram sings about the people the old Bird Tribes had to fight in that prehistoric war…they say that they wore a kind of turban thing on their heads which would slip off and you’d see their long hair fall down backwards….Like all our creation lore , it’s very ancient”……
“More than 70,000 years ago, or even older, the first wave of iceage migration came travelling out of Africa…..then it was over 40,000 years before they began the journey down the land bridge toward the ancestral estates of the Bird Tribes”……
“My old people always knew, since the Alcheringa, which is our word for the beginning, that this land was once one whole island from here to Asia.… The Feathered Serpent Moieties didn’t come to this land, we were made here, by Nguthungulli. God…we have always been here”……..
“It was a very turbulent world in ancient days , which is why the Bootheram records it …the Bird Tribes sent their cleverest ones, who were magic – to defend them….the Wuyan – and travelling with them was the highest of all – Buluggahn ….They journeyed up the old-world land bridge to fight…. and successfully defended Australia from foreign invasion – way back then” ……
“Stan Williams was my Grandfather, his mother was Charlotte Brown from the Ngarakbul estate, of the Tweed Volcano – Charlotte was the daughter of Mary Brown, a full blooded Ngarakbul woman, who had seven children ….four daughters and three sons ….all of them married proper tribal skinlore way, following the sacred starlore cycles, within triangles of each clans respective territorial boundaries“…
“Muldoom was a fully initiated ‘marugun’- which means a Senior Lore Man, and he was from the Bandjalang Clan of Dirrawong – Evans Head … He married ‘Black Mary’ Brown, the eldest of the four ‘Brown’ daughters of the Ngarakbul clan”….
“Muldoom and Mary’s union was the last full tribal marriage to take place on Dirrawong – Goanna Headland”…..
“Ngarakbul, Githabul and Bandjalang are one of the twelve clan marriage triangles of the eight skins of the Feathered Serpent traditions”…..
“The following is a Bootheram Muldoom gave my Grandfather Stan Williams to protect and teach…. this same Bootheram gawari [story run] has been faithfully passed down in my family since the beginning of the dreamtime…… It links our people together throughout time ”……
”It is called ‘Boodjeram Mugul...it means Sacred Spring”…..
“ In the beginning of the world, the Alcheringa, there were three spirit beings…
“There was Nguthungulli, Bulugahn and Gawunggan”…..
“Nguthungulli is what we call God of the whole world…he is eternal and omnipotent ”…..
“Bulugahn means a handsome male spirit being; and Gawunggan means a beautiful female spirit being”……
“Buluggahn [pronounced Bu-loo-gun ] was the most handsome man in the whole world”…..
“Gawunggan [Ga-oon-gan or Guangun] was the most beautiful woman in the whole world”…
“They are our ancestors, like your Adam and Eve……We also call them Leho and Leva and we can see them appearing together in the stars of the milky way at specific times of the year…. They are the origin of our sacred marriage Skinlore given to us by Nguthungulli – their Father, who is also in the stars of the milkyway- ‘Balun, Wayal’”…
“Buluggahn resides in the heavens, but he is coming back some day……He is Burram Yanbuhyn – a teacher of the lore – and he is above all the tribal wuyhans, the cleverfellers …He is one of our greatest sky ancestors….He and his companions travel, creating, and have many adventure quests which form our traditional lore’s and customs”…..
“There was a sacred spring – Boodjeram Mugul is how we say that ….It is now known as the Gulf of Carpentaria in Queensland and the geologists call it the Lake of Carpentaria…..It belonged to Nguthungulli– he created the land with the Rainbow Serpent, and the Seven Sisters bringing the waters….This Lake is very sacred and no one was ever allowed to go near it – it used to be Fresh water”….
“That same fresh water still flows under this continent in a vast underground basin, connecting into the headwaters of the rivers flowing from Githabul ancestral estate….flowing all the way from the central continents…from the old glaciers of the Indus”…..
“Way back in the Alcheringa this land was one whole land from here to India…..then there was great upheaval upon earth…..earthquakes, floods, glaciers melting, land movement….. and there was a great war -the old world was under attack….it was being invaded from the northern tribes who had grown strong and forgotten the lore”….
“There was a Buyuhyn a man who had two wives- Budharbalahgan……. He wanted to go with the other Bird men to fight the invaders….. But he didn’t want his wives to follow him to India…so he took his war-club and beat his wives, almost to death…He did that so they wouldn’t follow him…… Then he went with the other men to ganar– war”…..
“When the men were gone, those two women started talking…We will go to the sacred spring”, they said”…..
Those two women broke the lore and went to Nguthungulli’s spring, and they took their magic yam digging sticks with them…… From the spring, one went digging this way and one went digging that way…”Barwur bulahnggi – Let’s keep digging till we meet together”, they said”….
“As they dug the water from the spring followed them….creating a big island…… Where they met, way down south, one water goes this way and the other water goes the other way…it is the roughest water in the world”…..
“When the war had finished the men tried to return home….but the bridge was gone and in its place was an ocean of water”
“Nguthungulli’s son, the Buluggahn, was with them……. He began to sing … It was a magic song that made islands and mountains rise out of the water…Then using their burbi bugur, which is a magic string that they pull out of their mouths, the Wuyan -clever-fellers threw the magic string far across the water…making an invisible bridge so they could not be followed , they crossed over it from island to island, until they landed back in Australia”…..
“When the spirit men got back, they knew what had happened…and they blamed Buyuhyn for beating up his two wives…….so they punished him for breaking lore….he was banished to become an island off the northern coast of Carpentaria”….
“Then the men went looking for the two women, Budharbalahgan……they found them talking together way down in the ancient country of the Great Australian Bight …….and they punished them there for breaking the lore like their husband…… the Wuyan’s, turned those women into stone and banished them for eternity as well” …
“Those stones are part of Australian waters to this day…..two more famous islands”
“Afterwards the Wuyan returned to the east coast…… they never went back fighting anymore…… The Bird Tribes lost touch with the outside world and it was a very long time before another wave came……. This all happened way back in the Alcheringa”…….
Like the Bird Tribe, the Mirning Moiety of the Nullabor in South Australia observe the same Rainbow Serpent and Seven Sisters Skinlore kinships, and the same Starlore… This illustrates how Boodharam gawari links people to country, and metaphorically relates complex scientific evolutionary processes…this wealth of living cultural knowledge survived invasion and was maintained through proper Skinlore Marriage given to us by our Sky Ancestors…because we followed the natural lore our ancestral ties remain unbroken right across Australia”
“That’s the creation Lore my Grandfather taught me about the Boodjeram Mugul gawari”….
Allan Euston Williams
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