| Legend of the Southern Cross (an Australian tale)

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In the beginning of Dreamtime, the Great Spirit known as Baiame walked the Earth looking at the animals and plants he had created. He decided to make new creatures to rule over this bountiful world, ones who walked on two legs instead of four. He called them man and woman. eな』めWWW.fAIRy-tALE.iNFo&

Next Baiame introduced them to the edible plants and showed them how to feed themselves. はUㄛむQwww.Fairy-TaLE。InfO⌒(ちニK

For a long time the people lived on this Earth eating plants just as Baiame had shown them. Then a drought punished the land, and not a drop of moisture fell from the sky. The plants and grasses, roots and bulbs, dried up and died.


"What will we do?" the people asked each other, "we will starve." ㄘwWw。fAIry-tALE.inFOyο

One man and woman in particular became obsessed with the fear of starvation, and they could talk of little else. One day as they walked, searching for food, a kangaroo rat hopped past them. WwW。fAiry-TALe.INfO≠

"We could hunt the rat and eat it," the man whispered. ハァwWw.faiRy-TaLE.InFOLЗВッvfF

A stranger walked past and stopped. "The Great Spirit did not give us permission to harm another creature," he said. KЗwww.faIrY-tALE.Infoφξˇ∮ㄚ

"But he did not say we could not," the woman argued. "And we're starving." *wwW.FaIrY-TAle。INFOㄑīの◎ω≌

The stranger shook his head. "This creature is the same as you and me. You must not harm him."


But the first man, desperate for food, lost his temper. "No other man can tell me what to do to save myself," he cried, and he cast a stone at the kangaroo rat. It fell to the ground. /ホúキㄜwww.fAiRY-taLE.infO∝ききㄅ

The man dug a pit. There he built a fire and put their catch on the flames. When it was roasted, they began to eat it. ò€^ハDWWw.faIry-TALe.iNFO√ネ∝flㄩ

"Come, join us," they said to the stranger, but he simply got up and walked away. Оxy々낱WWw.FaIrY-tAle.infoОぅィ

When they finished eating, they began to worry about the stranger. "Let us go find him. Perhaps we can convince him to eat," said the man. 『ǚ∷€MWwW.fAiRy-TalE.Infofǔ0c

Just on the far side of a river, they saw the stranger lying beneath a white gum tree, a yaraan. Quickly they ran to his side, but they saw that he had died. Suddenly, to their astonishment, they heard a clap of thunder, and a dark spirit swirled around them. It picked up the stranger's body and flung it into the hollow tree. nωЫθㄓWww。FAiRY-TaLE.INFo+Rャ∽

Then the spirit swept into the tree. They looked up and saw two white cockatoos flying toward their nest in the tree. The birds fluttered in circles over their heads.


The ground beneath their feet began to roll, and suddenly, the gum tree burst out of the ground and rose into the air.


They stared in wonder and fear as the tree rose higher and higher into the southern sky, and though they could not see the stranger's body any longer, inside the tree they could see four fiery eyes, and they knew these were the eyes of the stranger and the eyes of that swirling spirit. ◎tへТwwW.FAIry-TaLE.iNfOdμぁН

Higher rose the spirit tree, and after it flew the shrieking cockatoos. ≡つマwWw.faiRy-Tale.inFO4

The man and woman lost sight of the tree, but they followed the glow of those fiery eyes as they seemed to settle near Warrambool, the pathway to the home of the gods. YkwWw.FaIry-tAlE.InfOヴЕ

"It is Yowi," said the man, "the spirit of death who lives in that tree with the stranger."


The woman nodded for this man's death, the first on Earth, meant death had come into this world.


Ever since that time the constellation we call the Southern Cross has been known as Yaraan-doo, the place of the white gum tree, and the pointers are Mooyi, the white cockatoos, shining in the nighttime sky.


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