Wuriupranili Aboriginal Solar Goddess  

Posted by Stella Clark

Wuriupranili Aboriginal Solar Goddess Image
IN AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINAL MYTHOLOGY, SHE IS KNOWN AS THE SUN WOMAN. "WURIUPRANILI" IS THE ABORIGINAL SOLAR GODDESS WHO TRAVELS ACROSS THE SKY. EVERY MORNING SHE LIGHTS A TORCH MADE OUT OF BARK AND CARRIES IT ACROSS THE HEAVENS FROM EAST TO WEST. THEN, AT THE END OF THE DAY WHEN SHE REACHES THE WESTERN COAST, SHE DOUSES THE TORCH TO THE WATER AND USES ITS GLOWING EMBERS TO GUIDE HER WAY BENEATH THE EARTH TO REACH EAST AGAIN. AND EACH MORNING, SHE RISES ONCE AGAIN INTO THE HEAVENS, AND THE FIRE IS ONCE AGAIN LIT TO PROVIDE THE FIRST LIGHT OF DAWN. THE CLOUDS OF THE SUNRISE AND SUNSET IS A REFLECTION OF THE OCHRE BODY PAINTS SHE WEARS.

ONE SUCH TALE DESCRIBES HOW "WURIUPRANILI" AND THE MOON-MAN, "JAPARA", TRAVEL AT DIFFERENT TIMES ACROSS THE SKY. EACH CARRIES A TORCH OF FLAMING BARK, BUT WHEN THEY REACH THE WESTERN HORIZON THEY EXTINGUISH THE FLAMES AND USE THE SMOLDERING ENDS TO LIGHT THEIR WAY AS THEY RETURN EASTWARDS THROUGH THE DARKNESS OF THE UNDERGROUND WORLD.

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