Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Gods of Aboriginal Australia

The most popular Australian Aboriginal gods

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Introduction

Like most ‘discovered’ countries, Australia had already been discovered by its original inhabitants — the Aboriginal peoples. Small nomadic tribes with many languages and ideas roamed the vast plains.

Much of Oz mythology is to do with Dreaming and the DREAMTIME, a wonderful Golden Age in the remote past when Gods were real Gods and anything was possible.

Relying on memory and scratched images, Australian Aboriginal mythology is seemingly fragile, but in many instances it’s amazingly durable. Many of the dreams were trampled on by European invasion, but fortunately there has always been a strong oral tradition, and the legends of the Outback may be making a Comeback.


REGIONS COVERED: Arnhem Land, Central Australia, Kimberley Region, Melville Island, Murray River, New South Wales, Northeastern Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, Southeast Australia, West Arnhem Land, Western Australia, Victoria.

Many Gods are spread across different regions, cultures and tribes. We’ve tried to pin them down to a particular area if possible. But corrections are always welcome, especially from people with first-hand knowledge. So if you know the region and would like to comment, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us here.

TRIBES, CULTURES AND PEOPLES COVERED: Aranda people, Binbinga people, Gunwinggu people, Juma people, Kabikabi people, Kamilaroi people, Karadjeri people, Karraur people, Kulin people, Mandjindja people, Murinbata people, Murngin people, Nambutji people, Wallamba people, Wiradyuri people, Wulumba people, Wurunjerri people.