AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINE MYTHOLOGY

The Dreamtime Gods and Spirits of Oz

DARANA

Picture of the Australian Creator God DARANA from our Australian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Australian Creator God

Creator God who invented a nutritious new kind of maggot

This one is a bit grubby. He shared the Earth with humans in DREAMTIME and dreamed up the idea of creating witchetty grubs. What delicious and nutritious morsels they were. Even if they did look like horribly bloated maggots.

Pleased with his work, he scooped up enough grubs to fill two large bagfuls, then went off to invite other spirits to a feast.

Along came two foraging mortals who discovered the bags and raided them. Bad mistake. The grubs glowed with an eerie light which set alarm bells ringing across the land. Angry spirits appeared and killed the two unfortunates where they stood.

However, DARANA took pity. The mortals were only after a taste of his delicious grubs. Who could blame them? So he turned their bodies into Destiny Stones and donated them to the Dieri people to guard.

They must not be scratched or famine will ensue — and if they get broken the Universe will end. They are kept carefully wrapped in feathers mixed with lard and we are not at liberty to tell you where.

DARANA FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : DARANA
Location : Australia
Gender : Male
Type : deity
In charge of : Creating
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 4629
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Article last updated on 17 January 2014 by the Godchecker Team.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "DARANA: God of Creation from Australian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 17 Jan. 2014. Web. 1 September 2014.

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