The Gundagai Independent and Pastoral, Agricultural & Mining Advocate (NSW : 1898 - 1928), Thursday 3 Fe

yip the professor found
I

that the most
the to
it

HUGE SERPENTS
IS THE

remarkable
was

fact
it was

about known

serpent
all

that

almost

BUNYIP

A

FEATHERED

blacks,

who

associated

with the rain

SNAKE? Will naturalists
of the
ever

bow.
find the the bones In Queensland the rainbow has been regarded as a combination of fish and snake.

Rainbow

great
As

myth
in the

serpent, of Australia?
case

second
the

When

seen

in the from

sky
one

it is be

lieved to be passing

water

of

the

Bunyip,

hole to another.
DIVES

been seen, and data serpent has never indicate that the abo. throughout Aus tralia

FOR
is where

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cherished

a

superstition,
it is

re

This
of the

the quartz connection
comes

markable because tribes which have The
to be plies
a

known
met.
was

superstition
man

in.

The

never

medicine

goes

to the spot where

Rainbow
monster
some

serpent
which
as

supposed
im the
first

the

its name

rainbow touches the earth. Here he dives in waterholes for the crystal,

has

association may be

with
the

which,
him

once

in

his

possession,

gives

rainbow.
the and

It

that

myth, the Bunyip, is another form mysterious serpent, if not the
the
same.

of
one

supernatural powers. Nearly all aches and diseases
to this

were

ascribed

quartz

crystal.

A

spirit puts the Rad of
cliff e

Professor who
has

anthropologist been
years

Brown, noted Sydney University,
Bun
to
is
one

who
In which other

can

crystal into the victim, only be cured by getting the
man

medicine New

to suck

it out.

interested in the
and
first

yip for
receive

always

open

Wales, the monster, corresponds to the serpent of
is

South

the
into and

captured, Serjent interesting

has
my

parts, water He

believed
to

to

live

in

a

delved
stery,

the

Rainbow
made

deep
bank.
and

hole and
is

burrows
have
near over

into the
a

has
POOL.

dis

thought
camp
all

wife

coveries.
NEAR The said, of
is

children who
the

him. West
Aus the

A

In Victoria and
habitat, pool, and

Serpent's
near
a

blacks have the records
it

tralia
same

professor
beliefs The

discovered
in the
is

varying
with the

Rainbow
con

aborigine

belief connect
on

with

Serpent.
nected round

serpent
the rainbow

always
or

quartz crystal
matic

of the pris in colours the quartz. This is crystal
tribes. the
is

account

the

halo

moon.

why
great
In

the

regarded
in
a

as

of

magical value
tracing

number
of the

of

Queensland blacks hold the for having the biggest rainbow

record
ser

Australian pent, throws
tions ogists

origin

ser

Professor
some

Radcliffe
on

Brown

It has been in tra pent. recorded dition that two carpet snakes, about 40 miles long, terrorised the blacks.

light

of the blacks.

supersti Other anthropol
monster water
ser

the

Professor
doubt that

Brown these

says

there

is little
are

monsters

the

believe that dwells

the
near

Rainbow In
the
some

serpents. places where
cannot belief be in him the

pent, which
is

holes,

Rainbow
tracts of

identical with the Buhyip. If this be so it would appear

Serpent
that snake Bun present.
ter holes
on

found,
are

blacks'

generally

the

Bunyip
one

is a

huge feathered
the serpent
or

because
yip.

trible of

of blacks give this

They will not approach wa though they have no stated
the 'question.

description

theory
'

In the of the Bun

far north west
is not

of Australia,

In his travels in search yip the professor found

where ings

the serpent
on

known, paint
discovered

that the most

rocks

have

been

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ings of
arms

on

rocks

depicting two

have been large snakes human
are

discovered
in the act whose

devouring
and

beings,

legs
of the

projecting

from

the
has

mouths One

monsters.

thing

Professor

Brown his

certainly established from vations of the
that

obser

aborigines, and that is
numerous

they

have

supersti
have

tions about
But for had the

the rainbow. hunted
has
sec

like all those who

Bunyip, Professor
without
Rainbow

Brown

to return

Australia's Serpent.

and myth, the

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