Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz


Gunwinggu Snake Spirit 🐍

Shape-shifting Snake Spirit

He could go from snake to man and back again at will. Oddly, he was married to a mortal woman who cheated on him with another snake man. She was obviously into snakes in a big way. In revenge he hid in a log, β€” or it may have been a primitive drum β€” and bit her.

It’s all tied up with fertility and initiation rites which are beyond our comprehension. We could explain the whole thing involving Dreamtime, but we are going to have an early night.

Jurawadbad Facts and Figures

Name: Jurawadbad
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: Spirit
Area or people: Gunwinggu folk of Northern Territory
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: 🐍
In charge of: Snakes
Area of expertise: Snakes

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Article last revised on May 19, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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