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The traditions and lore of Australia's indigenous peoples belong to what may be the oldest continuous culture on Earth
(circa 50,000 years).
Bagadjimbiri - two brothers and creator spirits. The Bagadjimbiri eventually turned into snakes and went to live in the sky as clouds.
Bahloo - the moon spirit In Australian aboriginal mythology, Bahloo is moon man. He keeps three deadly snakes as pets.
In the tale, Bahloo takes his snakes (calling them his 'dogs') out for a walk at night. He comes upon a group of men and asks them to carry the snakes across a river for him. They were afraid, and refused, so he did it himself, with two snakes coiled around each arm and one around his neck.
Baiame - the creator spirit of many language groups of South-East Australia, such as the Kamilaroi
Baiame came down from the sky to the land, and created rivers, mountains, and forests. He then gave the people their laws of life, their traditions, their songs, and their culture. He also created the first initiatian site (called a bora).This is where boys were initiated to become men. When he had finished, he returned to the sky, and people called him the Sky Hero or the All Father.
Bobbi-Bobbi - a giant snake that lived in the sky, similar to the Rainbow Serpent.
He was a huge snake, similar to the Rainbow Snake, and was originally benevolent towards humans.
Dhakhan - the ancestral spirit of the Kabi
In Australian aboriginal mythology, Dhakhan is the ancestral god of the Kabi; he is described as a giant serpent with the tail of a giant fish.
Eingana - a creator spirit and the mother of all water, animals, and humans.
She is a snake goddess of death who lives in the Dream time.
Galeru - a rainbow snake who swallowed the Djanggawul.
Gnowee - a solar spirit who lived on Earth before there was a sun.
Gnowee's baby son wandered off while she was gathering yams, and she began searching for him, carrying a large torch. She continues to do so, and her torch is the sun.
I'wai is the culture hero of the Koko Y'ao. I'wai was a crocodilian man who brought most of the Koko Y'ao religious rites and ceremonies.
Julunggul is a rainbow snake goddess, who oversaw the maturing and initiation of boys into manhood. She was a fertility goddess, associated with rebirth and the weather.
In Australian Aboriginal mythology, specifically of the Arrernte people of Central Australia, Mangar-kunjer-kunja is a lizard god who created humans.
The Rainbow Serpent (also known as the Rainbow Snake) is a major mythological being for Aboriginal people across Australia, although the creation stories associated with it are best known from northern Australia.
Ulanji is a snake-ancestor of the Binbinga.
Ungud is a snake god who is sometimes male and sometimes female. He is associated with rainbows and the fertility and erections of the tribe's shamans.
The Wagyl (alternative spelling Waugal or Waagal) is, according to Noongar culture, a snakelike Dreamtime creature responsible for the creation of the Swan and Canning Rivers and other waterways and landforms around present day Perth and the south-west of Western Australia.
A superior being, the Rainbow Serpent created the universe and the people and delegated the Wagyl as a lesser, but nonetheless powerful deity, to create and protect the rivers, lakes, springs and the wildlife.
Walo - the (female) Sun creator spirit in Northern Australia.
The Wati-kutjara are the lizard men (totem: iguana) who originally came from a mountain in the Dream time (they later taught shamans how to use and communicate with the Dream time). They created sacred talismans (called tjurunga) and gave them to the people. They also created trees and plants, and rivers, mountains, valleys and other geographic features. They castrated the man in the moon by throwing a magical boomerang, Kidili, because he tried to rape the first woman, who then turned into the Pleiades.He then died of his wounds in a waterhole. They are known to the tribes of central-western Australia in the Great Western Desert.
Wollunqua (or Wollunka, Wollunkua) is a snake-god of rain and fertility, who emerged from a watering hole in the Murschison Mountains.
Wuriupranili is a solar goddess who carries a torch that is the sun. At the ocean to the West, she douses the torch in water and uses the glowing embers to find her way beneath the Earth back to the East again. The colours of dawn and dusk come from the ochre body paints she wears.
Yhi is a goddess of light and creation, and a solar deity. She lived in the Dream time and slept until a whistle awakened her. When she opened her eyes, light fell on the Earth.