"Yhi" by Lisa Hunt

“Nungeena’s  themes are restoration, creativity and beauty. Her themes are birds of feathers and all artistic creations.

This Aborigine mother Goddess took on the task of restoring beauty to the world after an evil spirit destroyed it with insects. Call on her for assistance when you feel that a cherished project or goal has been ravaged similarly by mal-intent or negativity.

According to the legend, Nungeena made birds to eat all the insects Marmoo (an evil spirit) let loose on the world. But these were not just any birds: they were the most attractive of all – the lyre birds. In turn, the lyre birds made assistants like magpies to help with their sacred task. Together they renewed the world’s beauty.

Dust off any home crafts or arts that have been neglected on a back shelf and work on them for a while today. If time doesn’t allow for this, find some way to bring a little extra beauty in the world – toss some flowering seeds in an open field, deliver food or clothing to a charitable organization, or just smile at a stranger.

In Australia this is the festival of Perth, a huge arts festival that features local talent including dancers, mimes, opera, musicians and some sports competitions. If there are any art galleries in your neck of the woods, go to them today to honor Nungeena and enjoy the creative works.”

(Patricia Telesco, “365 Goddess: a daily guide to the magic and inspiration of the goddess”.)

The Aboriginal stories of creation, myths and legends about moral and natural issues, and fables are a remarkable group of tales–full of evocative, sometimes even surreal, imagery and deep observations on life. While no doubt these stories have been tainted by a Western viewpoint, they still represent a remarkable chance to understand even a little about cultures that lived for tens of thousands of years. What follows here is the beginning of an on-line collection of stories, taken from as many sources as possible and from as many different Australian Aboriginal cultures as possible.