ABORIGINAL CREATION STORY

Mother Sun Awoke the Sleeping Spirits

SOUTH

There was a time when everything was still. All the spirits of the earth were asleep. Only the Great Father of All Spirits was awake. Gently he awoke the Sun Mother. As she opened her eyes a warm ray of light spread out towards the sleeping Earth. The Father of All Spirits said to the Sun Mother:

“Mother, there is work for you to do. Go down to the Earth and awake the sleeping spirits. Give them forms.”

The Sun Mother glided down to Earth, which was only rock at the time, and began to walk in all directions and everywhere she walked plants grew. After returning to the field where she had begun her work the Mother rested. The Father of All Spirits came and saw her work, and he instructed her to go into the caves and wake the spirits.

This time she ventured into the dark caves on the mountainsides. The bright light that radiated from her awoke the spirits and insects of all kinds flew out of the caves. The Sun Mother sat down and watched the glorious sight of the insects mingling with the flowers.

Then the Mother ventured into a very deep cave, spreading her light around her. Her heat melted the ice and the rivers and streams of the world were created. Then she created fish and snakes, lizards and frogs. Next she awoke the spirits of the birds and animals and they burst into the sunshine in a glorious array of colours. Father of All Spirits was grateful to the Sun Mother with her work.

The Sun Mother called all her creatures to her and told them to enjoy the wealth of the Earth and to live peacefully with one another. Then she rose into the sky and became the Sun.

The living creatures watched the Sun in awe as she crept across the sky, towards the west. However when she finally sunk beneath the horizon they were panic-stricken, thinking she had deserted them. All night they stood frozen in their places, thinking that the end of time had come. After what seemed to them like a lifetime the Sun Mother peeked her head above the horizon in the East. The Earth’s children learned to expect her coming and going and were no longer afraid.

At first the children lived together peacefully, but eventually envy crept into their hearts. They began to argue. The Sun Mother was forced to come down from her home in the sky to mediate their bickering. She gave each creature the power to change their form to whatever they chose and the earth became full of every creature imaginable.

The Sun Mother looked down upon the Earth and thought to herself that she must create new creatures. She gave birth to two children. The god was the Morning Star and the goddess was the moon. Two children were born to them and these she sent to Earth. They became our ancestors. These were different from the other animals because they had part of her mind and would never want to change their shape.