Wandjinas & Argula

"Where you see a lot of Wandjinas they represent the laws of tree, rivers, rocks, bush fruit and animals all creation. The Wandjinas give the law on how we have to treat and use these creations."

Argula is a ghost-like spirit that is making a journey back to a person's homeland, usually an Ungud waterhole where the person's birth spirit was formed. A deceased person immediately becomes Argula and begins his journey. In the Kimberley there is a set journey that all Argula spirits make, this journey takes the spirit inland towards Halls Creek, roughly following the course of the Fitzroy River. The spirit then travels through Gidja country before finally traveling to his spiritual birth place in the Wandjina homelands of the Ngarinyin, Worora and Wunambul people. The Arugula spirits have a devil-like appearance but are usually harmless if left alone.

Courtesy of Mowanjum Art & Culture Centre

..Acrylic on canvas
..520mm x 560mm
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