Rainbow Serpent

The Rainbow Serpent is both a creative and destructive force of nature whose presence appears in many forms and creation stories. In the physical world the Rainbow Serpent represents the element of water and may appear as a rainbow, lightning or the luster of quartz crystal. 1. The Dreaming was the time in Aboriginal mythology when the world and its creatures were formed by anthropomorphic beings whose journes shaped the landscape. The journey of the Rainbow Serpent formed rivers and lakes among other landforms and from their acts sprang laws and customs. "Among thoughsands of mythic paths that criss cross the continent are tracks commemorating the jouneys of giant snakes. Myths tell of their exploits, the sites associated with them and their continuing presence" 2. The Rainbow Serpent is a universal part of Aboriginal mythology with stories varying from region to region. Image: Section of triptych "The Rainbow Serpent" by Danny Eastwood 1. Charles E Hulley 'The Rainbow Serpent' p6 2. Ronald & Catherine Berndt: 'The Speaking Land' p73

Rainbow Serpent