Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz


Diyari Songs and Singing Spirits

Also known as Mankara-Pirna

Picture of the Australian Aboriginal Songs and Singing Spirits Mankara-waka-ya-pirna from our Australian Aboriginal mythology image library. Illustration by Chas Saunders.

A band of lively girls dancing across the land

They are a playful group of magical young ladies who went on a spontaneous dancing tour of Central Australia.

They were accompanied by their Muramura, who as ancestral spirits go, happened to be rather goofy. In the presence of females he just blushed and giggled, and was not much use at all. Especially when they joined forces with another bunch of girls on a similar tour. They all stormed ahead while their wimpy chaperone got lost.

Along the way the girls had many adventures. They invented nose-piercing, traveled underground via homemade metro, befriended a wild dog, and named virtually every rock in Australia. They also stopped over at several villages and taught the native girls how to sing and dance — and also gave them lessons in the noble art of jiggling naked breasts.

After a wonderful dancing road trip through the countryside, the Mankara-waka-ya-pirna girls bumped into the Wapiya girls. Uh-oh. Rivals. Cue some rude but good-natured banter as they sized each other up. It was like two feisty girl bands meeting in the wilderness. But it turned out they were all cool with each other, so they continued their adventures together with even more crazy stuff and laughter.

All good things must end, and one day it was time for them to mysteriously vanish up a piece of holy string dangling from the sky and become (possibly) the Pleiades. Vacation over. But perhaps they’ll do it all again next year.

Mankara-waka-ya-pirna Facts and Figures

Name: Mankara-waka-ya-pirna
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Mankara-Pirna
Name means: Little Big Girls

Gender: Female
Type: Spirits
Area or people: Urabunna/Diyari (aka Dieri)
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Musical Vocals
Area of expertise: Songs, Singing

Good/Evil Rating: OKAY, not bad
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Article last revised on April 22, 2019 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

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