Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz

IPILYA

Australian Aboriginal Storm God

Swamp-dwelling Gecko God who manufactures monsoons

He is an enormous lizard one hundred meters long who lives in a large swamp. That’s a serious amount of gecko.

He is responsible for thunderstorms and heavy rain. When the monsoon period is imminent, he slurps up large helpings of water and sludge which he squirts up into the sky where it forms into nice juicy thunderclouds.

With a bit of roaring, he sets things in motion and the torrents begin. With a final flourish of lightning flashes, he feels he has done his bit. Then he goes back to basking quietly in the swamp until next season.

Do not disturb him. Intruders will be severely slurped.

Ipilya Facts and Figures

Name: Ipilya
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Groote Eylandt
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Storms
Area of expertise: Storms

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
Popularity index: 140

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Article last updated on April 22, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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