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In the Dreamtime all the earth lay sleeping. Nothing moved. Nothing grew. One day the rainbow serpent awoke from her slumber and come out from under the ground. She travelled far and wide and eventually grew tired and curled up and slept. She left marks of her sleeping body and her winding tracks.
Then she returned to the place where she had first appeared, and called to the frogs,”come out!. The frog came out slow because their bellies were heavy with water, which they had stored in their sleep.
The rainbow serpent tickled their stomachs and when the frogslaughed, water ran all over the earth of fill the tracks of the rainbowserpents’ wandering. This is how lakes and rivers were formed. With water,grass and trees sprang up.
Also all animals awoke and followed the rainbow serpentacross the land. They were happy on earth and each lived and gathered food withhis own tribe. Some animals live in rocks, others on the plains and others inthe trees and in the air.
The rainbow serpent made laws that they all were to obey, but some became quarrelsome and made trouble. The rainbow serpent said,” those who keep my laws will be rewarded; I shall give them human from. Those who break my laws will be punished and turned to stone, never to walk the earth again. The lawbreakers became stone and turned to mountains and hills, but those who kept the laws were turned into human from.
The rainbow serpent gave each of them their own totem of theanimals, bird or reptile from whence they came. The tribes knew themselves bytheir totems. Kangaroo, emu, carpet snack, and many more. So on one wouldstarve, the rainbow serpent ruled that no man should eat his totem, but only ofthe other totems. This way there was food for everyone. The tribes livedtogether on ten land given to them by the rainbow serpent or mother of life andknew the land would always be theirs, and no one should even take it from them.
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