Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz


Arrernte Creator God

Picture of the Australian Aboriginal Creator God Mangar-kunjer-kunja from our Australian Aboriginal mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

A Lizard Creator God

It’s okay to call him Flycatcher. He who made humans from logs. There must be a log book somewhere.

Apparently in the beginning humans were all fused together in a wooden lump. He separated them with a knife. His wood-carving skills were further demonstrated by whittling out ears, mouths and noses.

His own image is that of a very large lizard. So always be kind to lizards. He is not pleased if you kill one. Offer him flies.

Mangar-kunjer-kunja Facts and Figures

Name: Mangar-kunjer-kunja
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Arrernte (aka Aranda) tribe of Northern Territory
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

Good/Evil Rating: GOOD, quite approachable
Popularity index: 3360

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

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