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Aboriginal Dreamtime story.
How the Rainbow came to be. by Aussie
 Category:  Spiritual Script
  Posted: September 29, 2010      Views: 999

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Far off in Dreamtime, there were only people, no animals or birds, not trees or bushes, no hills or mountains.

The country was flat. Goorialla, the Great Rainbow Serpent, stirred and set off to look for his own tribe. He traveled across Australia from South to north. He reached Cape York. He stopped and made a big red mountain called Narallullgan. He listened to the wind and heard only voices speaking strange languages.

This is not my country, the people here speak a different tongue. I must look for my own people.' Goorialla left Naralullgan and his huge body made a deep gorge where he came down from the mountain. He traveled even further North for many days and his tracks made the creeks and rivers as he journeyed further North. Goorialla made two more mountains, one of the mountains he called Naradunga was made of granite, the other had sharp peaks and five caves and was called Minalinha.
One day Goorialla heard singing and said, "Those are my people, they are holding a big Bora." At the meeting place of the two rivers, Goorialla found his own people singing and dancing. He watched for a long time, then he came out and was welcomed by his people. He showed the men how to dress properly and taught them how to dance. A big storm was gathering, so all the people built humpies for shelter.

Two young men, the bil-bil or Rainbow Lorikeet brothers came looking for shelter but no one had any room. They asked their grandmother, the Star Woman but she had too many dogs and couldn't help them. The bil-bil brothers went to Goorialla who was snoring in his humpy but he had no room. The rain got heavier and the boys went back to Goorialla and called out that the rain was so heavy. Goorialla said "All right come in now."
The bi-bil brothers ran into Goorialla's mouth and he swallowed them. Then he began to worry about what the people would say when they found the boys missing. He decided to travel North to Bora-bunaru, the only great natural mountain in the land.
Next morning the people found that the boys were gone and saw the tracks of Goorialla and knew that he had swallowed them.

You may never see these lakes or mountains, but after the rain you will see his spirit in the sky, which is the rainbow. This is the reason why he is called Goorialla the Rainbow Serpent.


Author Notes
Australian Aborigines did not write their legends down and so this script is written in the way it would be told to the young people. We have the most beautiful Rainbow Lorikeets which are multi-colored small parrots. After the ancestors made all the creatures (after man) they returned to live in the trees or in Goorialla's case, a rainbow in the sky. Simple tales from people that cherish their Dreamtime stories. I hope you enjoy!
Humpies: shelter - Bora: sacred circle for meeting and dancing.
Photograph: the Rainbow Lorikeet in flight.
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