work is sometimes inspired on a spiritual level.
See the symbolism of the Dreamtime story in the painting - Tjungarrayi below:
Dreamtime Story of Tjungarrayi
Wati Kutjarra Tjukurrpa, or Two Goanna Men Dreaming, is immensely significant
for a number of Aboriginal groups. In their ancestral journeys, the Two Goanna Men travelled over a
large expanse of land including that of the Warlpiri, Pintupi, Kukatja,Walmajarri and Ngardi peoples, as well
as even further afield, through the Pitjantjatjara lands. The story arose as a result of the lawlessness of a
lustful old man of the Tjungarrayi skin group who lived with many women with whom he had sexual relations,
regardless of whether or not they were in the 'right' kinship affiliation with him to be suitable marriage partners.
Whenever boy children were born to any of his wives, Tjungarrayi would order the babies to be killed. By ordering
the deaths of the boys, Tjungarrayi was removing potential sexual competitors. Girl babies however he allowed
to survive but, in some versions of this Dreaming, even this has unpleasant implications given the man's sexual
behaviour. Eventually two baby boys were born at around the same time, to two of Tjungarrayi's many wives. The
mothers, who were finding that having to kill and bury the tiny bodies of their boy babies was unbearably upsetting,
defied their husband, taking the two babies far away from where the group was camped, to a place hidden by a large
sandhill, where first they breast-fed their infants and then later they clandestinely smuggled food for the children to eat.
two boys thrived, but all the time were plotting to take their revenge on
their father. After some time the two,
who by now were young men, put their plan into action. They visited their father's brother, another Tjungarrayi,
who lived some distance away. They convinced him that their father intended to prey upon and steal that particular
brother's wives. The brother, outraged, crept up on the boys' father and, at close range, threw a boomerang at him with
great force, almost fatally wounding the man, who did however manage to retaliate, eventually killing his brother.
two sons then travelled over vast areas of desert country, going in and out
of the ground at various places,
creating natural phenomena, drinking from rockholes and soakages and leaving traces of their presence in the landforms.
The Goanna Men were able to travel at great speed over the landscape, wearing sandals made from emu feathers in order
to leave no tracks. The Two Goanna Men thus became Dreaming Ancestors to many Aboriginal people.
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