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Bagadjimbiri In Australian mythology, twin culture heroes of the Karadjeri in northwestern Australia. At first they appeared in the form of dingos; they created water holes and sexual organs for humankind and instituted the rite of circumcision.

The two brothers were killed when, having become gigantic men, they annoyed the cat man, Ngariman, with their loud laughter. He gathered together his relatives, and they speared the twins to death. Distraught at this, Dilga, their mother, the earth goddess, caused milk to flow from her breasts, which drowned the killers and revived her sons.

When the Bagadjimbiri decided to leave earth, their dead bodies became water snakes, and their spirits ascended to the sky.


Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
Copyright © 2009 by Anthony S. Mercatante

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