Rainbow Snake Black by Peggy Brown
Dreamtime:The Rainbow Snake is a common motif in Aboriginal arts in Australia. Dreamtime stories tell of the great spirits during creation, in animal and human form they moulded the barren and featureless earth. The Rainbow Snake came from beneath the ground and created huge ridges, mountains and gorges as it pushed upward. There are numerous stories associated with the snake, all of which communicate the significance and power of this being within Aboriginal traditions. The snake comes in male and female form. Yingarna, the female, is the original mother of creation, and her son Ngalyod is the great transformer of Land. The Rainbow Snake is one of the oldest religious symbols of Aboriginal Culture.