AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINE MYTHOLOGY

The Dreamtime Gods and Spirits of Oz

RAINBOW-SNAKE

Picture of the Australian Fertility God/dess RAINBOW-SNAKE from our Australian mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Australian Fertility God/dess

Also known as ALMUDJ, KALSERU

The Great Creator Serpent

In charge of Fertility, Growth and Refreshing Rain.

The RAINBOW-SNAKE is a bit of a mish-mash, with a kangaroo’s head, a crocodile’s tail and a python’s body, all decorated with water lilies and waving tendrils.

The Snake has many names and comes in male and female form. YINGARNA, the female, is the original Mother of Creation, and her son NGALYOD is the Great Transformer of Land. Family portraits go back 8,000 years, which makes the Rainbow Snake one of the oldest religious symbols. And it’s still going strong today.

RAINBOW-SNAKE FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : RAINBOW-SNAKE
Area or people : Arnhem Land
Location : Australia
Gender : Both male and female
Type : deity
In charge of : Fertility
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ALMUDJ, KALSERU
Popularity index : 16409
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Article last updated on 31 October 2013 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "RAINBOW-SNAKE: God/dess of Fertility from Australian mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 31 Oct. 2013. Web. 2 September 2014.

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