Creator ancestors made the Law

Creator ancestors made the Law
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Narritjin Maymuru from the Manggalili clan explains how the creator ancestors made the Law before they changed into fish and animals.

The Yolngu believe that their world was made by creator ancestors who journeyed across Arnhem Land. The Wawilak Sisters are major creator ancestors of the Rirratjingu and Marrakulu clans.

The Djungguwan ceremony reenacts parts of the Wawilak Sisters' journey and restates the Law that they laid down. The Yolngu elders use the occasion of the ceremony to teach and discuss this Law.

Anthropologist Professor Nicolas Peterson talks about there being many stories that explain the creation of the Yolngu universe.

This is an excerpt from the 2006 Film Australia National Interest Program DVD, Ceremony: The Djungguwan of Northeast Arnhem Land, produced in association with Denise Haslem Productions. It was made in collaboration with Yirrkala Dhanbul Community Association and the Rirratjingu Association.