Australia: The Land Where Time Began

A biography of the Australian continent 

Bunjil_the Great Eagle Hawk                                                                                                                                                                           

This is the ancestor spirit among the Kulin of Victoria. Bunjil created the environment and all the plants and animals that live in it, including humans. He also taught the people how to survive in their country, and how to make the weapons and tools they used, and gave them their laws.

Bunjill had 2 wives and a son, Bimbeal, the rainbow and his wife is the second rainbow that is sometimes seen is his wife. When Bunjil finished creating the earth and the people and animals he decided to go to the sky with his family. He told Bellin Bellin, the musk crow, who is responsible for the winds, to open the bags he kept the wind in and let out some wind. Bellin-Bellin opened 1 bag and the wind that rushed out uprooted huge trees and blew them into the air. But it wasn't enough, so Bunjil told him to let out more wind. This time Bellin-Bellin opened 2 bags and the wind blew Bunjil and his family into the sky where they became stars watching his people from the sky.

Sources & Further reading

  1. Jennifer Isaacs, Australian Dreaming: 40,000 years of Aboriginal History, New Holland Publishers, 2005
  2. R. M & C. H. Berndt, The World of the First Australians, Ure Smith Pty Ltd, 1964
Author: M. H. Monroe
Last updated: 30/09/2011
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