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The Beginning Time (an Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime Story)

John was born and raised in Australia. Subsequently, he is interested in all things Australian: language, sport and culture.

Aboriginal Cave Painting at Uluru

Aboriginal Cave Painting at Uluru

Where Does Inspiration Come From?

With the start of the New Year 2016 I have also decided to seek out new areas of inspiration. I have been reading a wonderful book by Ursula Le Guin called Changing Planes.

Anyway in the front of this science fiction/fantasy novel is a list of other books by the author. I have been using this list of book names (in order) as my inspiration for articles and so far have written the poems I'm Always Coming Home and The City of Illusion and now this The Beginning Time (adapted from the book title "The Beginning Place").

Stencil art at Carnarvon Gorge, supposedly showing "unique clan markers and dreamtime stories symbolising attempts to catch the deceased's spirit".

Stencil art at Carnarvon Gorge, supposedly showing "unique clan markers and dreamtime stories symbolising attempts to catch the deceased's spirit".

Early Aboriginal cave paintings

Early Aboriginal cave paintings

The Dreamtime or Creation Period

In order to grasp the unique bond traditional Aborigines have for the land and their culture you need to acquire a basic understanding of the concept of “the Dreamtime”(The Dreaming, Tjukurrpa or Jukurrpa) or Creation period in their mythology.

Traditionally, Aborigines believe the earth always existed and at the beginning of things was only inhabited by supernatural beings. The earth was a dark, featureless, desolate plain and no life of any kind existed on the surface of the planet. Only beneath the surface of the earth did life already exist in the form of thousands of these supernatural beings laying dormant, along with a vague form of human life in the shape of semi-embryonic half developed infants.

Time began when these supernatural beings awoke and broke through the surface of the earth. The earth was soon flooded with light as the sun too rose from the ground. The supernatural beings varied greatly in appearance. Some rose in shapes resembling kangaroos, emus, and other animals, while others emerged in human form looking like men and women. There was an indivisible link between humans, animals and plants. Those beings that looked like animals thought and acted like humans, and those in human form could change at will into animals or plants.

Painting of The Dreaming

Painting of The Dreaming

Totemic Ancestors

After emerging from their eternal slumber, the beings – referred to as totemic ancestors (such as Kangaroo Dreaming and Emu Dreaming etc) – moved about the earth creating the physical features of the landscape. Mountains, hills, sand dunes, plains and rivers all arose due to the deeds of the wandering totemic ancestors. Not a single prominent feature was created which was not directly or indirectly caused by these supernatural beings.

Sacred songs of their deeds were composed by the supernatural beings themselves.These songs became the subject of the many myths, and ceremonies in which Aboriginal religious beliefs were to find expression. Hence, they were sung on ceremonial occasions (often called corroborees) and body decorations and paint were worn by actors impersonating the totemic ancestors. All sacred ritual was regarded as eternal and unalterable.

The supernatural beings continued to roam until, exhausted by their effort, they again fell asleep and returned to the earth. Many vanished back into the ground, usually into the sites from where they first emerged, while others transformed into physical objects like rocks or trees. The places that marked their final resting places were regarded as sacred sites to be approached only by initiated men. But before they disappeared from the face of the Earth, the sun and the moon and the rest of the earth-born celestial beings rose into the sky, and man was left to wander the earth.

These beings didn't die, they just fell back into an eternal sleep and their spirits live on. In Aboriginal belief, they are just as alive today as they ever were, and will continue to live on into the future. The idea of Dreaming relates to the eternity in most religious belief.

Nungari dreamtime sisters

Nungari dreamtime sisters

Mimi - changeling, have long limbs, lending themselves to life in the outback since they make walking and climbing easier

Mimi - changeling, have long limbs, lending themselves to life in the outback since they make walking and climbing easier

Gods and Godesses

The Australian Aborigines are a deeply religious people and this attitude is expressed, not only in myths and rituals but, in all aspects of social life.

The greatest of the totemic ancestors (spirit beings) were in fact gods and godesses. Of particular importance were the fertility mothers, called the Great Mother, or Old Woman. The most important of these were the Djanggau Sisters, the Kunapipi, or the Gadjeri. Some other gods were shape changers (changelings), such as the Mimi, and the Wadi Gudjara (Two Men) of the Western Desert who could become goannas as well as people.

The Rainbow Serpent

The Rainbow Serpent

The Rainbow Serpent

The most important of these ancestral supernatural beings however(at least according to non-Indigenous Australia), is the Rainbow Serpent. In Aboriginal lore it is common to many groups as a Creator and source of fertility, and associated with life-giving water and the creation of rivers, and many different stories about the serpent have been passed down.

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It is named for the obvious similarities between the shape of a rainbow and the shape of a snake. The link between snake and rainbow also suggests the cycle of the seasons and the importance of water in human life. When the rainbow is seen in the sky, it is said to be the Rainbow Serpent moving from one waterhole to another, and this explained why some waterholes never dried up when drought struck.

The Rainbow Serpent (or Serpents if there are more than one) is known as Borlung by the Miali, Dhakkan (or Takkan) by the Kuli, Kajura by the Ingarda, Goorialla by the Lardil people, Kunmanggur by the Murinbata, Ngalyod by the Gunwinggu, Numereji by the Kakadu, Taipan by the Wikmunkan, Tulloun by the Mitakoodi, Wagyl by the Noongar, Wanamangura by the Talainji,and Witij by the Yolngu. Other names include Bolung, Galeru, Julunggul, Kanmare, Langal, Myndie, Muit, Ungur, Wollunqua, Wonambi, Wonungar, Worombi, Yero, Yingarna, and Yurlunggur.

There is one major error in the way in which western-educated people, tell the Aboriginal stories in the past tense. For the indigenous people of Australia the stories were "Everywhen" - past, present and future.

A Popular Dreamtime Story

Below is one version of the popular Dreamtime story about the beginning time and the Rainbow Serpent (in this case Goorialla). I hope you enjoy this tale, which is just one of many. I would love to hear your feedback in comments.

Rainbow Serpent

Rainbow Serpent

Goorialla and the Beginning Time

Far off in the Beginning Time, there were only people, no animals or birds, no trees or bushes, no hills or mountains, creeks or rivers. The country was flat and barren then.

Goorialla, the great Rainbow Serpent, woke from a deep sleep and set off to look for his own tribe. He travelled right across Gondwana Land (Australia) from South to North. He was nearing the very top (Cape York) where he stopped to rest and made a big red mountain called Naralullgan. 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 said to himself. Then he left Naralullgan and his huge body made a deep gorge in his wake. He continued his travels for some days and his tracks made the creeks and rivers as he journeyed further North. Goorialla made two more mountains, one called Naradunga was long and made of granite, the other had sharp peaks and five caves and was called Minalinha.

Aboriginal Corroboree

Aboriginal Corroboree

A gunyah or humpy was a small, temporary shelter made from bark and tree branches, traditionally used by Australian Aborigines, with a standing tree usually used as the main support. The word "humpy" comes from the Jagera language (a Murri people from Coorparoo in Brisbane); other tribes have different names for the structure. (source:Wikipedia)

One day Goorialla heard singing and said, "Those are my people, they are holding a big Corroboree." At the meeting place of two rivers, Goorialla finally found his own people singing and dancing. He watched from a hiding place for a long time, and then he came out and was welcomed by his people. He showed the men how to dress and to dance properly. After awhile a big storm began to build up, so all the people built gunyahs (humpies) for shelter from the weather.

Two young men, the bil-bil or Rainbow Lorikeet brothers had just returned from walk-a-bout and came looking for shelter too, but no one had any room. They asked their grandmother, the Star Woman but she had too many dogs sharing her gunyah and couldn't help them. The Bil-bil brothers went to ask Goorialla who was snoring in his gunyah but he was very large and took up all the room.

The rain continued to get heavier and the boys went back to Goorialla and called out “The rain is very heavy, please let us come in to shelter?” Goorialla said, "All right come in now." Goorialla opened his mouth as the Bil-bil bothers ran in and he swallowed them whole.

Gunya: an easy to erect temporary shelter

Gunya: an easy to erect temporary shelter

He then began to worry what the people would say when they found the boys missing so 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 when they saw the Goorialla’s tracks they knew that he must have swallowed them.

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

.. Rainbow Serpent, Aboriginal Rock Art, Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory,

.. Rainbow Serpent, Aboriginal Rock Art, Ubirr, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory,

More About the Dreamtime

  • Australian Aboriginal Dreamtime - Sacred Era of Creation
    The ancient belief system of the Aranda and other Australian Aboriginals is still adhered to today and is closely tied in to their spirituality. This belief is called the Dreamtime. Dreamtime, for the indigenous Australians, is Creation, which gives

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S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on December 27, 2018:

"Mutant Message" is well worth the read, John. Written by Marlo Morgan.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on December 27, 2018:

Glad you found this interesting Steve. Yes, we certainly have a lot to learn fro m the aboriginals and other native cultures. I hadn't heard of "Mutant Message Down Under" though I will look it up.

S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on December 27, 2018:

Very interesting, John; I think that we all have much to learn from native cultures, and the Aborigines certainly have much ancient knowledge to teach. I recall being enthralled by the book "Mutant Message Down Under." Worth a read, if you have not yet done so. Thanks for sharing this with us all. Best wishes, Steve.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 11, 2017:

I am glad you learnt something new from this and found it interesting, Anita. Aboriginal mythology has so much depth and is full of wonder.

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on June 11, 2017:

Very interesting, Jodah. I have read about the aboriginals and their 'Dreamtimes,' and Walk abouts. This is the first time that I have read about their mythology and beliefs. It is interesting to learn about other cultures.

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on May 26, 2016:

Hey John. I absolutely agree, just fantastic, talk to you again. :)

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 26, 2016:

Hi Linda. Thank you for visiting this hub and for the generous comment. Mythology and the practices and beliefs of our native people is very interesting. The Australian Aboriginal is especially intriguing as they one of the oldest cultures on Earth.

Linda Robinson from Cicero, New York on May 26, 2016:

Hello John completely fascinating content, so detailed, a intriguing hub that holds your interest from the first word and hard to stop reading. Mythology and the dream state is mystifying in itself. Very ingenious, absolutely loved it, excellent writing and descriptions.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 09, 2016:

Glad you found this hub interesting Dave. I agree that all indigenous cultures are fascinating to study and the Australian Aboriginal is no exception. Thanks for your comment.

David Edward Lynch from Port Elizabeth, South Africa on February 09, 2016:

Interesting hub John, I'm fascinated by the indigenous people of different countries.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 21, 2016:

Hi Flourish, glad to,hear this hub offered something a little different for your reading pleasure :)

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 21, 2016:

I enjoyed this creative and unusual hub. There's not a lot about the aborigines in the popular media so this was a welcome change.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 20, 2016:

Mel, Jung's theory of a genetic memory could have a lot of credence, a lot like animal instinct. There are two many similarities between different unconnected cultures' beliefs around the world to be coincidence.

You are not alone in thinking that the Australian aboriginals were one monolithic block of people with one language and culture, but this land is so vast and divided by desert etc that many never came in contact with one another despite being nomadic. There was even a race of forest dwelling Pygmy Aboriginals at one time. There is so much more to learn if you delve into it. Thanks for your interesting comment.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on January 20, 2016:

Great story and explanation of Australian mythology. I also found it interesting, and it should have been obvious in a land so large, that the aborigines have so many different tribes. We Americans readily distinguish between our indigenous peoples but make the error of assuming that the aboriginal people of Australia must be a monolithic block, sharing the same language and culture.

One more thing, if I may. Having briefly studied the ideas of Carl Jung concerning the collective consciousness, I have to take note of the similarities between the Australian creation myth and those of western cultures. I find it interesting that both traditions contain an account of how man came from the earth; fashioned from mud in the Jewish/Christian version. As Jung posited, could there be a genetic memory shared by all people everywhere? Jung's disciple Joseph Campbell wrote several interesting books about this phenomena. Great hub!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 18, 2016:

The "Dreamtime" or "Dreaming" is very interesting to research Ann. The hard part is choosing the which stories to use. The book "Landmarks" you mention sounds interesting. Maybe everything is invisibly connected: people, landscapes, words, animals, plants, nature etc. Thank you for reading.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 18, 2016:

Fascinating information and a great tale. The phrase 'an indivisible link between humans, animals and plants' is interesting. The book 'Landmarks', which I've been reading along with others by Robert Macfarlane, talks about links between people, landscape and words, implying that all are linked and interact.

Mythology is always fascinating - they are great stories in themselves, after all, so we writers are bound to be drawn to them!

Great research, John.


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 17, 2016:

I have always found the mythology of different countries interesting too Larry. Glad you enjoyed these particular tales.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on January 17, 2016:

I love reading the tales from native people's oral histories.

Wonderfully done!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 16, 2016:

You will have to put that question to an Aboriginal person Deb. I don't know the answer I am sorry. There is so much more to learn than what I included in this hub. Glad you found this fascinating though.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 15, 2016:

I found this all fascinating. I would love to speak to aboriginal folk and learn so much more. Now, riddle me this: if the past is connected to the present and future and dreams are a way to all, why do I not remember my dreams unless they are horrific or utterly strange?

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 13, 2016:

It's always good to be able to add to others knowledge through the subjects we present in hubs Alicia. Glad you found this mythology interesting and enjoyed the illustrations as well.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 13, 2016:

The myths that you've shared are very interesting, Jodah. Thanks for adding to my knowledge. I enjoy studying mythology. Thanks for sharing the wonderful illustrations that you found for this hub, too.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 13, 2016:

Good to see you MizB. Yes, most of the mythical tales are based to some extent on facts but it is difficult to interpret what parts. But yes a lot of it was used for teaching lessons and values to the people. The amazing part is the similarities in the beliefs of cultures on the other side of the world. It makes you think. Glad you are a Le Guin fan, and hope you get to visit our shores sometime in the future.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 13, 2016:

John, these are fascinating tales and remind me a lot of our Native American tales, especially those of the western Native Americans. And I might add, they are about as silly to us modern-day people. However, I was taught that myths are usually based on facts, and I think a lot of these people used symbols as teaching aids. We then misinterpret this symbolism.

I love your choice of author to use as an example. Ursula K. LeGuin has been one of my favorite authors for many years. I haven't read any of her newer books lately, so I'll have to renew my acquaintance. I really hope to visit your fascinating continent someday. My husband did TDY there when he was in the USAF, and he said he enjoyed the visit.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 11, 2016:

Thank you Missy, Yes being a shapeshifter or changeling would be interesting. Thanks for reading. Hugs.

Missy Smith from Florida on January 11, 2016:

I thought this was a very interesting and celestial tale. I like the part about the Gods and goddesses. I would love to be a changeling; a shape shifter. This was very interesting, Jodah. :)

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 11, 2016:

I have always found the Aboriginal culture intriguing, but yes they do have much in common drbj.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 11, 2016:

Thanks, Jodah, for sharing these fascinating Australian aboriginal beliefs that seem to have so much in common with the beliefs of other indigenous peoples in other parts of the world.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 11, 2016:

Thanks Bronwyn, glad you could appreciate this. Yes, I realise there are many different Dreaming stories across this great land of ours. It would be great if you could share some from your own Kulin heritage. Oh yes I know about "secret women's business" :)

Bronwyn Joy Ellio on January 11, 2016:

Hi John. Thank you for presenting the Dreaming stories in a wonderful, and respectful way :)

My heritage (Kulin) has different Dreaming stories to Queensland, but it is great to see Indigenous culture being shared and enjoyed here on HP. Did you know that there are also places that men are NOT allowed to visit? It's for secret women's business only!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2016:

Yes, Shyron, I think our indigenous cultures have a lot in common. I like this country :)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 10, 2016:

John, I love your dream time legends. I think I would love your country. It reminds me of the stories of Native American legends.

Blessings and Hugs my friend

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 10, 2016:

Hi Theresa, thanks for checking this hub out. I am glad you liked the Goorialla story. I have been on a roll so far this New Year, but I can feel a slow down coming on for a week or so :) Blessings back.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 10, 2016:

What a fascinating and colorful hub here, John! I always love learning about other cultures and their customs. The Dreamtime story about Goorialla is great.

You are starting the New Year off wonderfully with your interesting hubs.


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

Hi Mike. Yes, I have to get over to your page and read the latest "Carriage Driver" story. Sure go dust of your Ursula Le Guin books and see if Changing Planes is among them...looks like I have 19 titles to choose from and that doesn't include collections and poetry which adds another 12 possibles.Not sure if I'll be able to use all of them, and it was an unexpected place to find inspiration but is working so far.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 09, 2016:

Hello John. It seems we both hit fantasy Friday at the same time. Now I have to applaud the inspiration of . The Beginning Time (adapted from the book title "The Beginning Place"). That is very clever, it is also a wonder how you expanded the concept into this mythological meandering. I may have a couple of books by Ursula Le Guin sheleved in the garage. Maybe I can go and see what you will be writing about next. You have to grab inspiration where you find it.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

Dana, I think this type of story would be perfect for your cousins now that they are older. Glad you found the hub interesting. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

The Aboriginal Dreamtime stories (there are so many) have always intrigued me, Ruby so I thought I'd share a little with others who may know even less than I do. It did take some research I admit. The rainbow serpent intriguingly appears in the mythologies and creation stories of a lot of other native peoples as well. Awards..I could only wish.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 09, 2016:

This was a nice and interesting read Jodah. Maybe I'll read this to my cousins you know the love your storytelling and truly think you are a big time children's, author. They are a little older, though. What do you think?

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 09, 2016:

The research you must have done on this piece is amazing! I guess in the beginning of time for the Aborigine people they had to make up their own stories. The concept about the snake and the rainbow is interesting to say the least. This is all new to me and I really enjoyed reading your hub. I wouldn't be surprised if this won some type of award..

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

Thank you Swalia.

Shaloo Walia from India on January 09, 2016:

Quite interesting!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

Devika, glad you enjoyed this and found it a learning experience.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 09, 2016:

An interesting hub! A learning lesson to anyone and in detail. You shared with photos and I like the way you approached this topic.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

Frank, it's good to be able to occasionally write something to inform and educate people. If it entertains as well it's a bonus.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 09, 2016:

Hi again my beautiful friend. It is good to see that you found some time to catch up at HubPages between work and exams. I am fine thank you. I am glad you found this hub educational and enjoyed the story of Goorialla. Bless you too.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 09, 2016:

this was an educational piece that was also entertaining my friend... the dreamtime story was absolutely fascinating.. blessings and happy new year Jodah :)

Surabhi Kaura on January 08, 2016:

Hi Jodah!

Feels like a long time! I’m trying to catch up here on HubPages, but office work and my exam preparation always interferes. How are you? I hope all is well.

I learned a lot of new stuff from this article. The Dreamtime story about Goorialla was fantastic. Thank you for this historical tour and of course, for the wonderful pictures. Stay blessed.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Genna, I am always inspired by the wisdom of our indigenous people. We call them primitive but they were much wiser in a lot of ways than we are.

Thanks for reading.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 08, 2016:

This is fascinating, John. I so enjoyed reading about the Aborigines and the dreamtime stories. And the paintings are just stunning. Such myths inspire so much in us all; and what we seem to have lost. Beautifully done!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Jackie, it is interesting that the creation beliefs of a number of native peoples have commonalities to the Bible or vise versa. Fantasy fiction is also one of my favourite genres.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 08, 2016:

This has a very close sound to the bible I think which could make it very believable up to Adam being born of the dirt of the earth with life breathed into his nostrils. I found it very fascinating and came to be interested in fantasy fiction up in life; first reading "Watership Down" when my kids were small and having a whole new world of fiction opened up to me.

Will enjoy all these too I am sure!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Yes Eric, there seems to be a lot of parallels between our indigenous people. We can learn a lot, especially on how to treat the environment.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 08, 2016:

Fascinating. Really very close to our Navajo traditions and beliefs.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Due to a very limited Internet connection and the difficulty in finding enough time to write and read other hubs as well, as reply to comments I am writing a combined reply.

Manatita, Buildreps, Billybuc, kalinin1158, Clive, whonu, and Eric.

Thank you all for taking the time to read and comment. Much appreciated. The repeated narrative among native peoples of th supernatural beings visiting the earth does provide much food for thought, especially as the drawings of those beings is often very similar. In this case they are said to have come from within the earth rather than from the sky however.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 08, 2016:

Disappoint me? Good heavens, no - I am thrilled to have found out more than I already knew. You wrote a great hub on Dreamtime, Jodah. Good on you.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Phyllis, I remember reading the article you wrote about the Dreamtime quite some time ago, and you encouraged me to do so as well. I hope this didn't disappoint. Glad you enjoyed that video too. I see you have published your new hub, I will be over to check that out soon.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Thank you Paintdrips. As an artist yourself I am sure you find Aboriginal art intriguing especially.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on January 08, 2016:

Extremely intriguing write and subject matter.


whonunuwho from United States on January 08, 2016:

Very interesting reading my friend. It is obvious that many native people of the Americas have very similar beliefs. The aboriginal history is so full of color and magic. Nicely done. whonu

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 08, 2016:

paintings are stunning, very informative.

Lana Adler from California on January 08, 2016:

Such beautiful mythology! It's always amazing to me that world mythologies have repeating narratives, and many talk about the supernatural beings who inhabited the earth before humans. Makes you wonder...great hub!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 08, 2016:

A fun read, John! You are one of the more imaginative writers here on HP, always a joy to read.

Happy Weekend my friend!

Buildreps from Europe on January 08, 2016:

Interesting article you've written here, John. The Aboriginals are an amazing people. Thanks for the great Hub!

manatita44 from london on January 08, 2016:

A very interesting piece and you seem to know so many of the words. Yes, they had or do still have their myths like most of us, truth and embellishments woven in between. I guess it's very meaningful to the Aborigines. Dream time of Creation, yes? Fascinating!

A well thought out Hub. Some reading required there? Nicely done.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on January 08, 2016:

Jodah this is a fascinating article. I love Dream Time legends. I have written on this also, but I find it very refreshing to read about the stories from an Aussie. Your images are beautiful, your history and belief information is really interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this hub and listening to the video story on the birds and water - very nice inclusion. Thank you for this marvelous hub.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on January 08, 2016:

Very interesting. I enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Hi Sha, glad you found this interesting. Thanks for sharing about Julian Lennon and his "White Feather Foundation". That's a very worthwhile cause.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 08, 2016:

This is very interesting, John. To modern man (me) the aboriginal thinking seems far-fetched. At the same time, I completely understand their regard for all of nature as being part of themselves. I wish the rest of the world felt that way.

Interestingly, when Julian Lennon was on tour in Australia in 1999, a group of aboriginal elders went to his hotel. One elder presented him with a white feather and asked him to use his voice to help them. A few years later he founded The White Feather Foundation, which is dedicated to bringing clean water supplies to the areas of the world where there is none. Pretty cool, huh?

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Kristen, thank you for taking the time to read this. I am glad you found it interesting and hope it was educational.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on January 08, 2016:

Hey Al, thanks for being the first to read this hub. Glad you enjoyed it.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 08, 2016:

John, what an interesting piece on Aboriginal myths. This was quite interesting to read and learn about them. Thanks for sharing.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on January 08, 2016:

Hey John, nice piece here. I enjoyed the read.

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