The Gods Of Aboriginal Australia
The latest popular Australian deities:
- 1st : RAINBOW-SNAKE
- 2nd : WANDJINA
- 3rd : DREAMTIME
- 4th : ALTJIRA
- 5th : ADNOARTINA
- 6th : BAIAME
- 7th : ULURU
- 8th : EINGANA
- 9th : YARA-MA-YHA-WHO
- 10th : DARAMULUM
Like most 'discovered' countries, Australia had already been discovered by its original inhabitants — the Aborigines. Small nomadic tribes with many languages and ideas roamed the vast plains.
Much of Oz mythology is to do with Dreaming and the DREAMTIME, a wonderful Golden Age in the remote past when Gods were real Gods and anything was possible.
Relying on memory and scratched images, Australian mythology is seemingly fragile, but in many instances it's amazingly durable. Many of the dreams were trampled on by European invasion, but fortunately there has always been a strong oral tradition, and the legends of the Outback may be making a Comeback.
REGIONS COVERED: Arnhem Land, Central Australia, Kimberley Region, Melville Island, Murray River, New South Wales, Northeastern Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Southeast Australia, West Arnhem Land, Western Australia, Victoria.
Many Gods are spread across different regions, cultures and tribes. We've tried to pin them down to a particular area if possible. But corrections are always welcome, especially from people with first-hand knowledge. So if you know the region and would like to comment, we'd love to hear from you. Contact us here.
TRIBES, CULTURES AND PEOPLES COVERED: Aranda tribe, Binbinga tribe, Gunwinggu folk, Juma tribe, Kabikabi tribe, Kamilaroi tribe, Karadjeri tribe, Karraur tribe, Kulin people, Mandjindja folk, Murinbata folk, Murngin people, Nambutji tribe, Wallamba tribe, Wiradyuri tribe, Wulumba tribe, Wurunjerri people.