Marindi In Australian mythology, a dog whose blood turned the rocks red. One day Marindi was passing by the dry bed of a water course when he heard a voice saying “Come out and fight.” It was Adno-artina, the gecko lizard, who offered the challenge. Marindi agreed to the fight, but the lizard, seeing Marindi’s huge teeth, decided the battle should be put off until the evening, when he would be able to see better. The lizard tied a string around the root of his tail to prevent courage from leaving his body. As they fought, Adno-artina seized Marindi by the throat. The dog’s blood poured out and dyed all of the rocks in the creek red. To this day red ochre, used extensively for decorative purposes, is obtained from the spot where the battle took place.
Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, Third Edition – Written by Anthony S. Mercatante & James R. Dow
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