The Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal Folk Lore

.photo of ayres rock, "uluru" in central Australia

The life of the Australian Aborigine

Written by Gary Wonning

The Rainbow Serpent is the cornerstone to the aboriginal beliefs and customs.

The Rainbow Serpent, the symbol of creation to the Australian aborigines means different things to different people, much like God means different things to various people in the west. 

Many aborigines believe they have seen the Rainbow Serpent, they report it has being seen as a snake, and is  similar to meeting God, or an Angel.

They believe the Rainbow Serpent made all the water and everything in creation.

Some compare it to the Loch Ness Monster, and like seeing UFOs only certain people  have seen it.

Most say the Rainbow Serpent is more feeling than visual. Like a God, if you believe it is there, then it’s  there, like the wind blowing.

We believe God is our creator, they believe Rainbow Serpent is their creator, and the Rainbow Serpent created everything and watches over them, it takes a special skill to see him,  only tribal Elders meet him.

They believe she came  from the  Sun.

The Rainbow Serpent is often referred to as male or female, depending on the individual and circumstances.

It seems most cultures have the same thoughts towards who or what God is , they just use different names and symbols, often times the names and symbols are guided by their environment and their perception of reality.

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

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He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

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