Australian Aboriginal Mythology

The Dreaming Gods and Spirits of Oz

YHI

Australian Aboriginal Creator Goddess

A slightly ditzy Creator Goddess

Asleep in Dreamtime, a Goddess awoke in a barren world. Her very presence brought radiance. Exploring the world, she walked and flowers sprang up in her footprints. She peered into dark caves, and butterflies burst forth.

In the shadows she sensed spirits yearning for existence. So Yhi bestowed form upon them. Myriads of new creatures poured forth in the world. Having spread light and joy and life across the world, she departed...

All seemed serene, but nothing is ever quite perfect. Yhi was terrible at anatomy. Most of her creations had no means of locomotion. No legs, no feet, no wings. They just couldn’t get about.

Yhi had not planned a return trip, but Earthly pleas reached her ears, and what is such a darling Goddess to do? Her best, of course! So back she came, and added legs and wings and fins and things.

But her anatomical knowledge was still far from brilliant, which is why Australia ended up with such weird and wonderful wildlife. Think duck-billed platypus, emu and kangaroo.

There was also a very strange creature called a human who wandered around on two spindly legs. He was shunned by all, so in her compassion she offered to make him a companion. Oh no, thought the man, what will she come up with this time?

But all that practice paid off at last and, using the most beautiful flower stalk, Yhi created the first woman. This was much better than the wombat! Content at last, the two humans wandered away in bliss and Yhi returned to Dreamtime in triumph.

Yhi Facts and Figures

Name: Yhi
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Female
Type: Goddess
Area or people: Karraur tribe
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Creating
Area of expertise: Creation

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Article last revised on September 01, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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