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Papers etc. Series 7 : Myths and Legends
7.3a Central Australia, Ooldea, Eucla
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|Title: ||Series 7.3a - Myths and legends – Central Australia, Ooldea, Eucla|
|Issue Date: ||1930|
|Abstract: ||Notes on stellar myths; The legend of the two brothers – Magellan’s Clouds, the Southern Cross and the pointers – from Twilight Cove, Great Australian Bight WA (Willilambi);
Notes on Malinowski’s idea of different cultures having similar myths about the stars;
Nyiruna (Nyeeruna) or Orion myth from Central Australia and part of WA border area;
Zodiac of the Aborigines includes Orion the hunter, Taurus the bull, Aldebaran, Vesta and dogs;
Venus and Jupiter from South and Western Australia from the border, and the Central Ranges to the Bight and cliffs west of Eucla.
Astronomy of the Aborigines – Southern Cross and pointers; Central Australian Astronomy - the constellation of Orion; The myths have been adapted and readjusted to the real lives of the groups owning them. The myth was enacted to young men being initiated and covers a wide area of Central Australia and the Western border, south to the Great Plain’s northern edge, east and south-east towards the Diamantina, Cooper and other rivers.
Mingari – mountain devil – Central Australia. Describes the separation of Nyiruna (Orion) from Mingari (Pleiades);
Animal legend: Giniga, Jamma and Kallia (native cat, opossum and emu) from area covering Twilight Cove (Willilambi, Willyalambi) and Drollinya or Dralyinya (Balladonia);
Fire legend: from near Twilight Cove WA (Willilambi) – The yog who would not share her fire;
The sparrowhawk and pigeon – a Dralyinya legend (Balladonia);
Fire legend from Bight Head Water (Ilgamba Gabbi);
The legend of Warrdargana Gabbi (Boundary Dam) from western border of SA, 170 miles north of Eucla, 170 miles WNW of Ooldea on the east-west line. Boundary Dam was named by Giles in 1875. Wardarrga is mulga with edible seeds.
The legend of Ooldea Water (Ooldil nga gabbi) - many group names mentioned as part of Koogurda nunga. Place names Jinyil (Eucla), Kooluna (west coast of SA);
Beelarl, the sooty bell magpie;
Kalbin – the Ngamamurra (mallee hen);
The legend of the bellbird Barridan/barradin;
Central Australian astronomy – list of stars and terms; Mingari – fragment; Other notes and fragments of myths re Mingari|
|Description: ||Scanned from the copies held by Rare Books and Special Collections as part of the Daisy Bates Papers, MSS 572.994 B32t|
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|Appears in Collections:||7.3a Central Australia, Ooldea, Eucla|
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