Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Dreamtime




Up on Mt Langi Ghiran, under a sheltered ledge on a huge rocky outcrop,
is a wonderful little secret.
A Koori (aboriginal) rock painting.
I was surprised by how moved I was when I saw it.



Photo: Mt Langi Ghiran, Ararat - Nov, 2008.

14 comments:

  1. The age of this country is astounding,isn't it? And the depth of the culture that we too frequently denigrate. I felt a bit like this when I went through the centre by jeep last Easter. Lost count of the times I was in tears and lost for words ...

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  2. I wonder how many years ago that painting was done.... a few hundred? More? Blows the mind really. No wonder you were moved.

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  3. It looks like an old post mark.

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  4. I think it's wonderful to discover such a secret, such a beautiful painting. I'm just reading a book about aboriginal people.

    Where is Ararat? I thought it is in Turkey, but it seems there is one down under, too ??

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  5. Julie - yeah - it kinda sneaks up on you, doesn't it?

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  6. Jelly - I dunno.
    I wonder how the age is determined.

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  7. Kris - kinda like a letter through the ages.

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  8. April - which book are you reading?
    Ararat is down the bottom of Australia near the Grampian Mountains.

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  9. Sweetie, that's a piece of art, your image of it.

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  10. I dare not say because this book is judged very differently: Marlo Morgan, Mutant Message Down Under. I'm not sure whether it's true but in the end that doesn't matter for me because I like the thoughts in the book and how the aboriginal people respect nature. I cannot see that the book is insulting for them.- I started to read 'Songlines' from Chatwin, but ... hm, I think I will not read it to the end.
    Do you know a good book about aboriginal culture and their thoughts about life and nature?

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  11. April - well, I'm not really familiar with that book - I have a vague memory of it in the press a while back - but I've googled it and wouldn't mind reading it.
    My husband is currently reading Aboriginal Myths, Legends and Fables - A.W. Reed. It's worth a look if you can get your hands on a copy.

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