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Namarrkon : The Lightning Spirit

Images of Lightning Spirits can be found throughout Arnhem Land in caves and on rock surfaces. Some of these are sacred but can be viewed by outsiders, while others are both sacred and secret and cannot be seen by the uninitiated. The sacred site of Namarrkon, the Lightning Spirit for the Kunwinjku people living at …

Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent

Aboriginal people believe that Ngalyod, the Rainbow Serpent, created many sacred sites in Arnhem Land, including a large billabong near the artist’s camp high up in the Stone Country between Oenpelli and Maningrida, where he is supposed to rest in the dry season. Characteristics of Ngalyod vary from group to group and also depend on …