Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz

WIDJINGARA

Australian Aboriginal legendary mortal

The first human to die, allegedly killed by the Wandjina for reasons now lost in the mists of time

His utterly shocked wife was at a bit of a loss. So she shaved her head and smeared herself with ashes. It seemed the right thing to do at the time. So she invented mourning quite by accident.

But the process of death had not really been fixed or finalized back then — and three days later Widjingara came back.

Unfortunately, he was so surprised and upset by his wife’s mournful appearance that the shock killed him again. The human race has had death and mourning ever since.

Widjingara Facts and Figures

Name: Widjingara
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: legendary mortal
Area or people: Kimberley Region
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: NEUTRAL, may not care
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Article last revised on September 01, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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