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A picture showing the legend of DARANA taken from our Australian mythology archives. Illustration by Chas Saunders. Read the story below or search the index for more Australian Gods, Australian Goddesses, heroes, demons and monsters!

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.

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Article last updated on 06 June 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Location : Australia
Gender : Male
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 2007

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