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A picture showing the legend of LUNGKATA 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!

Dirty cheating Lizard Man of Ayer's Rock. He had a blue tongue and a sneaky stealing temperament.

Together with fellow lizard creature MITA, he used to lie in wait for hunters and steal their prey, being too much of a lazy lizard to go hunting himself.

One day, a couple of guys known as the Bell Bird Brothers were chasing an emu (which was something of a national sport at the time) and the two blue-tongued lizards diverted it into their lair. When the hunters turned up, out of breath and starving, LUNGKATA and MITA had scoffed the lot and could only offer emu left-overs.

The Bell Bird Brothers were outraged at this thievery and set fire to the lair. The lizards, not being used to exercise, were unable to escape and turned into burnt boulders which stand there to this day. Which just goes to show that you shouldn't trust anyone with a blue tongue.

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Article last updated on 01 June 2011
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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Location : Australia
Gender : Male
Type : Fabulous Creature
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : BAD, best avoided
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : None known
Popularity index : 720

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