Bunjil In Australian mythology, creator sky god and culture hero. According to one version of the creation myth, Bunjil formed rivers, trees, plants, and hills from the bare land. At first there were only animals, then Bunjil created the first men out of clay. His brother, the Bat, created woman from the mud in the depths of the water. After the creation, Bunjil taught the people the sacred rites and customs, then left for his home in the sky. In Australian ground reliefs Bunjil is portrayed as a man with a large phallus and a mouth filled with a quartz crystal. Though Bunjil is one of the most common names for the creator god in Australia, other names also are assigned to him, such as Daramulum, Baiame, Nurrundere, or Ngurunderi. As Daramulum, he is said to be the son of Baiame and the husband of Ngalalbal. In Daramulum’s creation myth he leaves the earth after a great flood and returns 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