Creative Writing: The Rainbow Serpent

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In the Dreamtime all earth lay sleeping. One day the Rainbow Serpent awoke from her sleep and came out from under the ground. She travelled far and wide across the land and eventually grew tired and slept. She left marks of her sleeping body and her tracks. Then she returned to the place where she had first appeared, and called to the frogs, "Come out!"The frogs came out and the Rainbow serpent tickled their stomachs to the point were when the frogs laughed, water ran all over the earth to fill in the tracks that the Rainbow Serpent had made, and this was how the lakes and rivers were formed.With water now in the land, grass and trees started to grow along with other animals waking up and following the rainbow serpent across the land one again. …show more content…
This lead the Rainbow Serpent said to all the animals "Those who obey my laws will be rewarded and respected; I shall give them human form. However, those who break my laws will be punished and turned to stone, to never walk this earth again. The lawbreakers continued on disobeying and was all turned to stone and turned to the mountains and hills, and those who kept the laws were given the oppurtunity of being turned into human form. The Rainbow Serpent handed each of them their own special totem of the animal that they used to be. The tribes knew themselves and were known by others by their totems. And so no one would starve, the Rainbow Serpent ruled that no one should eat the aniaml of their totem, but only of other totems, with this rule food was for everyone The tribes then all lived together on the land given to them by the Rainbow Serpent or the "Mother of Life" and always remembered knew that the land would always be theirs, and no one should ever take it from …show more content…
Aboriginal's have more of a spiritual, physical, social and cultural connection with the earth/land as they call it their "Mother" (see the the rainbow serpent dreamtime story). A lot of Aboriginal artworks tell about the connection between people and their land, it is expresses through the browns, reds, yellows and blacks and can tell stories from the dreamtime. The dreamtime was and is a very important culutre of spirtial connection to the land and the lifes of their elders, and their relationship with stories and the land is much deeper than other people within the world.The health of land and water is one of the most important things within their culture, as the story of the rainbow serpent demonstrated, the land is their mother and the land gives them food, water and shelter with they take on the responsibility to care for it as the land does for them. The land owns Aboriginal people and every aspect of their lives is connected to it, they take care of the land by keeping the balance of life and death within their culture and their law and spirituality are intertwined with the land, the people and creation, and this forms their culture and their tribes and can feel like they can connect with the land like their elders did.The health of land and water is central to their culture. Land is their mother, is steeped in their culture, but also gives them the responsibility to care for

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