Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz


Australian Aboriginal Deity

Picture of the Australian Aboriginal  Deity Goanna from our Australian Aboriginal mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

Surreal Lizard God

We are not at all sure about this one. It’s Dreamtime meets Salvador Dali.

A monitor lizard deity that invents the canoe? Marries magpies? Weds teals? Finds a secret reservoir of water and refuses to share? But somehow the water flows into what becomes the Murray River? And now teals refuse to marry goannas?

Who was Murray? A Tory Politician and Secretary of State for the Colonies. Exactly the kind of person to have a river named after him. The river’s original name was Millewah but nobody seems to care about that anymore.

Goanna Facts and Figures

Name: Goanna
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Type: Deity
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Many Things
Area of expertise: Many things, lots of stuff

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 4548

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Article last revised on August 29, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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