Sunday, November 14, 2010

Bunyip


Here are some of the series of photos from Murray Bridge on Sturt Reserve park along the river.  My photo here is about Bunyip a scary mythological creatures that hubby told me as we are driving and looking for the riverbank. He said, it's popular myth around Australia that most people were eager to see when they visit Murray especially the kids, he keep spotting around as he drive if he can see, also just to amuse me how it looks like.  As we found the Riverbank on sturt reserve, we saw a cave on the riverside, he stop and look out if it's the bunyip, he was excited and giggling as well scaring me and pushing me to walk closer to the cave to watch. He can be teaser sometimes if he know I'm scare, he will really scares me.lol  We went closer to the cave, it was empty inside "I told my hubby" but the trick is you need to drop a dollar coin as token, then the bunyip will come out twice in the water with a scary background sound waah.  I try to take photo 3 meters away lol, then hubby told me to come closer and put the cam in the hole of wiring fence, I told him no way because even it's not real I'm still scare hahhaa.  So he did it himself taking photos closer the second time the bunyip was out of the water. 

I read on wikipedia where the origin of bunyip, if you don't mind reading, it's after all the photos below. Don't be scare like me, it's only a myth. 


The house of Bunyip

The photo I took away from bunyip fence.lol

My hubby took the series of this photos. Bunyip looks like this.



When we just came to watch Bunyip, a mother and son came along to watch as well, the little boy was so excited to watch. They save a dollar coin, he was amaze with bunyip, he is not scare like me.lol As we get inside the car, feels like he wants to watch again and again, it's their turn to drop a coin.lol

The bunyip or kianpraty is a large mythical creature from Aboriginal mythology, said to lurk in swamps, billabongs, creeks, riverbeds, and waterholes. The origin of the word bunyip has been traced to the Wemba-Wemba or Wergaia language of Aboriginal people of South-Eastern Australia. However, the bunyip appears to have formed part of traditional Aboriginal beliefs and stories throughout Australia, although its name varied according to tribal nomenclature.

Descriptions of bunyips vary widely. George French Angus may have collected a description of a bunyip in his account of a "water spirit" from the Moorundi people of the Murray River before 1847, stating it is "much dreaded by them… It inhabits the Murray; but…they have some difficulty describing it. Its most usual form…is said to be that of an enormous starfish"[10] Robert Brough Smyth’s Aborigines of Victoria of 1878 devoted ten pages to the bunyip, but concluded "in truth little is known among the blacks respecting its form, covering or habits; they appear to have been in such dread of it as to have been unable to take note of its characteristics."[11] However, common features in many 19th century newspaper accounts include a dog-like face, dark fur, a horse-like tail, flippers, and walrus-like tusks or horns or a duck like bill.

The "Challicum bunyip", an outline image of a bunyip carved by Aborigines into the bank of Fiery Creek, near Ararat, Victoria, was first recorded by The Australasian newspaper in 1851. According to the report, the bunyip had been speared after killing an Aboriginal man. Antiquarian Reynell Johns claimed that until the mid-1850s, Aboriginal people made a "habit of visiting the place annually and retracing the outlines of the figure [of the bunyip] which is about 11 paces long and 4 paces in extreme breadth.

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9 comments:

magiceye said...

good fun!!

eden said...

Interesting post. I have heard about this one. Great photos.

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Wow, I certainly learned a lot from your post this weekend!!! I never knew about the myth/legend. Great stuff, and a fun, fun read.

Lina Gustina said...

It's my first time knowing about bunyip...

Interesting but scary; thanks for dropping by...

Lily Riani said...

bump into your blog fro watery wednesday. glad to join it and love your entries. will follow you.

Indrani said...

Very interesting.

Gunilla said...

Great post.
I have never heard about the myth/legend of bunyip.
Very interesting.

Dhemz said...

interesting shots! thanks for sharing and thanks for dropping by on my CC entry.

Linda (PA_shutterbug) said...

This was a fun-to-read post. I've never heard of bunyip. Great photos!

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