Ataintjina

Australian - A rain-maker god of the Aborigines. He is said to make rain by throwing a young man into the sea, where he is swallowed by a huge snake. Two days later the man is disgorged and, carrying some of the snake's scales, ascends into the sky where he hangs head down, his hair forming rain. The scales are thrown to earth as thunder and lightning; Ataintjina joins the man in the sky, as the rainbow. The rain stops and, after a period of drought, Ataintjina starts the whole cycle again. Sometimes called Ataintjina.

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