The Rainbow Serpent

The Rainbow Serpent

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  • At the beginning of the Dreamtime, the earth was flat and dry and empty. There were no trees, no rivers, no animals and no grass. It was dry and flat. One day, Goorialla, the rainbow serpent woke and set off to find his tribe crossing Australia. 
  • Goorialla then created frogs, with their bellies full of the water. He tickled the frogs until the water burst from their mouth and filled the lands. This made the rivers and streams we see today.
  • Now that there was grass to eat and water to drink, Goorialla woke the animals.
  • One day, it started to rain. Two young men, Bil-bil, or the Rainbow Lorikeet brothers had no shelter and they came to the Rainbow Serpent. They asked for help sheltering from the rain.
  • The rainbow serpent was hungry and tricked the young men “I have no shelter, but you can hide in my mouth. You’ll be safe from the rain in there.” The young men climbed into Goorialla’s mouth and he closed it shut, swallowing both men.
  • Goorailla realised that people would notice the young men missing andso he hid in the sky. He saw their sadness at losing these two young men and decided to make them happy again so turned his body into a big arc of beautiful colours, a rainbow.
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