The expression “dreamtime” is often used to refer to the “time beforetime”, or “the time of the creation of all things”, while “Dreaming” isoften used to refer to an individuals or groups beliefs.Sometimes creating their surroundings andsometimes changing into animals or people, theDreamtime reflected the events and characters ofdaily life in the Australian desert.The Dreamtime for Aboriginalpeople is the time which theearth received its present formand in which the patterns andcycles of life begun.
The Rainbow Serpent is a consistent theme inAboriginal painting and has been found inrock art up to 6000 years old. The RainbowSerpent is a powerful symbol of the creativeand destructive power of nature.
Australian Aborigines werealmost exterminated by theEnglish colonizers. Today, theyrepresent only 1% of theAustralian population, roughlyestimated at around 200,000people. When Captain Cookarrived in 1770, there wereabout 300,000 of them. TheAborigines inhabited Australiafor at least 25,000 years (thiswas proven by Carbon 14 onpaintings left on rocks). At thattime, Australia was probablyconnected with Papua-NewGuinea, and had many morerivers and forests in contrast tothe desert that it is today.
Most paintings of Rainbow Serpent tell the story of the creation of landscapeparticular to an artists birthplace. Some aspects of Rainbow Serpent stories arerestricted to initiated persons but generally, the image has been very public.
Today most artists add personal clan designs to the bodies of Rainbow Serpent,symbolizing links between the artist and the land
One of the most important dragons of creation mythology is the Australian RainbowSerpent, its symbol being the rainbow bridging Heaven and Earth.
The belief in the RainbowSnake, a personification offertility, increase (richness inpropagation of plants andanimals) and rain, iscommon throughoutAustralia.It is a creator of humanbeings, having life-givingpowers that send conceptionspirits to all the waterholes. Itis responsible for regeneratingrains, and also for storms andfloods when it acts as an agentof punishment against thosewho transgress the law or upsetit in any way.
In Dreamtime mythology, the Rainbow Serpent slept beneath the ground until the timeof creation. At that time, it awoke and pushed its way to the surface, creating ridges,mountains, and gorges in the process. Since then, the Rainbow Serpent inhabitspermanent waterholes and controls water.
Sound: Yanni & David Hudson – RainmakerYothu Yindi - World Turning RightPictures & text: netArrangement: Sanda Foi oreanuş
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