Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz

ALTJIRA

Aranda Creator God

Also known as Altjira mara, Alchera

Creator God of the Dreamtime

In the beginning, Altjira created the Earth and supplied everything that humans might need — then retired without leaving instructions. Luckily the world was slumbering quite happily in Dreamtime and the primordial spirits managed to dream their way out of trouble.

Footnote: Altjira is depicted as having emu’s feet, for no reason we can fathom.

Another footnote: due to linguistic confusion by early anthropologists, it’s possible Altjira is not a deity but refers to the Dreamtime itself. In which case we are at a loss to explain the emu feet.

Altjira Facts and Figures

Name: Altjira
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Altjira mara, Alchera

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Aranda tribe of Northern Territory and others
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

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Article last revised on April 22, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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