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Another view of the second gorge on the Katherine river. It was an ideal spot for a short walk and a swim.

V2 is a photo of some rock art painted by the Javoyn people centuries ago. It represents Bolung, the Rainbow Serpent.

“Bolung, who is believed to inhabit the deep green pools found in the Second Gorge, is not only an important life giving figure but may also act as a destroyer. This can take the form of lighting and may bring monsoonal floods.

Our people do not fish in the pools where Bolung sits. When fishing close to these pools, we can take only a small portion of the fish caught and throw-back the rest in order to appease Bolung. Drinking water must not be taken from these deep pools but rather from the shallow associated waters. Pregnant women and new initiates may not swim in the Katherine River for fear of disturbing Bolung. Unlike other Jawoyn Dreaming which may be addressed for assistance in hunting and foraging such as Barrava (the Kookaburra), Bolung must not be spoken to and must be left undisturbed.”

Tags: Northern territory Landscape and travel Katherine NITMILUK NATIONAL PARK KATHERINE RIVER

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moiral 6 12 Scotland
24 Jan 2013 6:49PM
3 good shots and an interesting piece of folklore. Moira

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tomcat 11 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 6:55PM
Amazing how the artwork has survived the elements

canonfan 6 7 United Kingdom
24 Jan 2013 8:26PM
Superb images
taggart Plus
12 47 13 United States
24 Jan 2013 9:48PM
First I looked at the images, really liked the rodk views-- then I read your text--- the Boung has Power-- one to be wary of for sure!
kazza12 4 2 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 10:06AM
3 great shots captured SmileSmile karen
7 10 10 England
25 Jan 2013 11:03AM
The rocks and artwork are excellent captures JN, and V1 is a lovely scenic capture.
Rende Plus
9 38 4 Netherlands
25 Jan 2013 11:40AM
Beautiful set; I really like V3 with the rock paintings.
danbrann Plus
12 628 17
25 Jan 2013 2:05PM
Images so full of history and geography. Good stuff JN
Gerryrys 4 1 United Kingdom
25 Jan 2013 2:15PM
Interesting. Nice detail.


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