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RAINBOW-SNAKE
Also known as ALMUDJ, KALSERU

A picture showing the legend of RAINBOW-SNAKE 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!

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.

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Article last updated on 30 July 2009
Authors: Peter J Allen and Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.

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ABOUT RAINBOW-SNAKE : FACTS AND FIGURES
Name : RAINBOW-SNAKE
Area or people : Arnhem Land
Location : Australia
Gender : Both male and female
Type : Deity
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : GOOD, quite approachable
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : ALMUDJ, KALSERU
Popularity index : 1771

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