Wandjina

Australian - Rain-spirits of the Aborigines. Disgusted with the behaviour of the first humans, these beings caused the flood which destroyed them all and then created another, more civilised race. Satisfied with their handiwork, they became invisible and retreated to live in water-holes. They are said to control the weather and can appear in various forms such as birds and human beings. These beings are depicted as semihuman with a bony face which has no mouth. Sometimes limbs are missing. The Aborigines say that, if the spirit had a mouth, it would rain all the time. Occasionally called Wandjina, Wondjina or Wondjina.

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