(The Mother Snake)
In the beginning the land was flat, and the great Mother Snake lay in a deep sleep in the very centre of the Earth. For a long time she slept, and then there came a time when she awoke and crawled up through the very earth itself. Breaking through the surface in a shower of ochre dust. As she journeyed across this flat empty land, so powerful was her magic, that she caused it to rain heavily, and her body track's were filled with water, thus creating long winding rivers, great lakes, billabongs, and water holes. Everywhere she traveled, nurturing milk from her full breasts soaked in to the earth making the land fertile, and lush and green rain forests grew with hanging vines, trees of many shapes, colours and patterns.
By digging her nose into the ground, she created mountain ranges, valleys, and some parts of the land she left flat, which we now call deserts. Then returning back into the Earth she awakened the animals, reptiles and all other land dwellers. Animals that carried their young in a pouch, some that lived in the trees and others that burrowed under the ground, desert animals and forest animals, reptiles of all sizes, colours and patterns. She took them all to live on the surface of the earth. She then awakened the bird tribes, and placed them in the air so that the sky was filled with birds of different shapes and sizes, parrots that were all the colours of the rainbow, flightless birds that walked on the land, long legged birds that danced on the plains and others that flew high in the air and nested in the mountains and trees.
Next she awoke the water
creatures, and placed them in the rivers, lakes
and vast deep oceans. Fish that darted and swam in
the shallow streams, frogs that sang in the
shadows of the night, eels and turtles and strange
creatures that lived in the depths of the oceans.
Then finally She awoke and brought from the womb
on the Earth itself, man and woman. And they
learned from the mother Snake how to live in peace
and harmony with all these creatures who were
their spiritual cousins. The Mother Snake taught
them their tribal way to share with one another,
to take only what they need and to honour and to
respect the earth itself. To respect the spirit of
all the things, the trees, the rocks, the
creatures, because all have a spiritual dreaming.
Man and woman learnt that they were brother and
sister and they should support, love and learn
from each other and that all things have been
placed in balance with Mother Earth and that this
knowledge must be passed on to their children, and
to their children yet to come. And man and woman
were now the caretakers of this land. And the
Great Snake then entered a large water hole where
she guards the fish and other water creatures, so
that when the aboriginal people fish, they know to
take only as much as they can eat. Because if
someone should take more than they need through
greed, or kills for pleasure, they know that one
dark night, the Great Mother Snake will come out
of her hiding place in the water, find and punish
the one who broke this tribal law.
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