Bahloo The Moon God Puzzle 12 pc


In the Dreamtime . . . Baiame had made the hills, valleys, streams and rivers. The bare plains that extended over the horizon paid tribute to Bahloo the Moon God, who serenely sailed across the night sky. In Bahloo’s journey he would bring changes to the weather. He brought winter, summer, autumn and spring to his people. When happy, he would bring good weather for all his tribal people across the land. But if he was angered he would bring bushfires, droughts and monsoons. One day Bahloo became very ill. He summoned two elders to his cave. They followed the footprints to the cave and Bahloo was there. They could not see him, but they could hear his voice. He told the elders of the ‘seasons’ and the signs to look for as seasons change. First there will be summer. It will be hot during this time, which will bring monsoons and floods. This time of the year will be called the ‘wet season’. After this comes autumn, a time where the leaves fall to the ground. Birds lose feathers, the grass stops growing and things that are green will turn brown. Then comes winter, which is the time of cold. During the cold times the gods flee to warmer places and there is less rain coming from their battles in the sky. It is a time to seek shelter for your people, as the animals also seeks escape from the cold. Look for the red sky in this season, for it forewarns of great cold. The end of the cold means the coming of spring, where life returns from its slumber and everything is beautiful again. The birds will sing and dance and give birth to their young. Spring is the season that the flowers blossum in vibrant colour.


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The Dreamtime is a complete legal, social, and religious system of beliefs. The name is the literal description of its creed. There is a fusion between the dream and the time. Every moment of the past, present and future are as of a ‘dream’ in our minds. The Dreamtime evolved over 100,000 years. It is a window into the heart and soul of the ‘Australian experience’. As humanity struggles to find harmony with nature, it is a bridge between the two forces of progress, technology society and traditional society.

The ancient styles of the Murri nation remained a link to an older time, before roads and cars and modern conveniences. Before acrylic paint we had ochre’s, earth colours. And they lay at the heart of indigenous art. The Murri people find there spiritual home in tropical Queensland, a land less impacted by the modern urban society. Here indigenous people get to live closer to the Dreaming and follow their songlines without the endless need to be economically productive in order to survive. Whilst this lifestyle creates problems, it also offers a chance for indigenous people to submerse themselves in the heart of the old culture. For that Murri art holds a special place in our understanding of a people who do not own the land, rather the land owns them. This is the beating heart of country, and why it draws them so.


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