Nalul In Australian mythology, a man of unknown origin who one day came out of the desert to a lovely green place of fig trees, palms, and flowers. He heard the sound of laughing girls and ever so gradually crept up to them. Unseen by them, he parted the reeds and saw a beautiful girl with long hair. Nalul caught her by the hair, but she fought him. Finally, he threw sand into her eyes and while she was blinded, he tied her to a tree. In time he brought her some honey to eat, but she seemed not to know what it was and apparently did not understand his language. Only after he rubbed the sweat of his body across her mouth, ears, and eyes could she understand him. He then heated some bark and placed it by the girl’s ears so she could hear the sound of water. When he had finished, Nalul called her Nyal-WarraiWarrai, the girl from the water. Now she freely went with him and no longer had to be tied. When they passed the country where her sisters lived, they called to her. Although she did not want to, she felt compelled to go back to the water whence she had come. She was never seen by Nalul again. It is said that she went to be with her father, the rainbow snake.


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