Dha'muri - The Land of Legends
Dhamuri the lands of legends are indeed just that. The mystical ancient stories of the Kabi Kgaiya peoples of the Mary River Valley and nearby Cooloola Coast region are immensely rich in spiritual and historical landscapes essential to the complete union of the Aboriginal with their Mother Earth. These wonderful and intriguing stories only reinforce our present search for learning and understanding that the cultures of the Australian Aborigine did indeed reach back millenniums into their mysterious time we Europeans have since termed "their Dreamtime".
We can all learn from these "fables" of antiquity from the passing on of such teachings and legacies by the Aboriginal warrior Dhakkanguini and his life-long European friends who documented his histories. Perhaps through their interpretations, successive generations of races and creeds can revive the skills needed for their physical survival in this world and the fight against self-inflicted extinctions. However, humankind has three problems to solve in reaching that goal ignorance, cynicism and apathy.
So expert were the fine tellings of these ancient stories designed for the three levels of Kabi Kgaiya initiation (Kgippa, Burul and Kgilan) that even today, we, both European and modern Aboriginal, don't fully understand their precise meanings and definitions and the histories that surround their formation. Only the fully initiated into each sacred class within a clan were ever given the real purpose and awareness of their belonging within the cosmos through the teachings.
Sadly, the "old ones" (the Na'tja or Na'tja-gu'ru) have long since gone and cannot assist us in our deliberations. Though their secrets and full interpretations are now seemingly lost in time, we still have their intriguing "fables" of life's purpose within nature, old land histories, and records of events in the past that raise our curiosity thanks to early pioneers and historians.
The mysteries within Dhamuri the Land of Legends, will continue to intrigue us for decades to come. The stories are in fact histories - "gospels" and legacies of a time long ago - each telling a course in history as they knew it - stories and principles told when one reaches "manhood" or initiation into the clan that should be given the same respect and reverence accorded to any other religious teaching on this planet. The ancients were in fact more civilised than what we have come to believe or taught to believe. Within the first few paragraphs of the Ka'bi Kgaiyas creational legend - The Legend of Mei-eedhan, the First Man, we are told of the rise and fall of the first and second times - from darkness there came light, the stars, the beginnings of the earth, the creation of all the animals, birds, flowers and finally man himself. The spiritual references and their meanings leave a lasting impression on all who read the ancient teachings.
When we go further and examine the magnificent spiritual legend from the third time - the Legend of Maira'mirri'jin the Star Man, it is only then that we come to realise that we have "scriptures" of such unbelievable value and in-depth spiritual complexities that we automatically go into overdrive to seek out the infinite messages contained in the ancient passages. We even have a record of a catastrophic event some centuries ago. Dhakkanguinis historian friend once said of this legend - quote:
Our cravings for knowledge are further extended when Dhakkanguini speaks of his philosophies and explains the mysteries of the The Seven Times in relation to the fourth, fifth, sixth and final time. As one reads such spiritual revelations, one suddenly realises these are not the teachings of savages as we were taught they were in schools but were indeed representatives of a culture far greater and more significant than what any European social order has ever offered for their subjects. Dhamuri and its Kabi histories hold a key to a history of Australia that in time will be revealed to a stunning effect thanks to the wisdom of Dhakkanguini and his Kabi Kgaiya peoples. Other mystifying stories (to give samples) from Dhamuri that have researchers baffled include:
Then there is the mystifying Dhamurian story that
of Ma'ku'ro, the Warrior from the land of fire and his sky visitors. If ever
there was a mystery to be solved then this legend is just that. Shining dugouts pushed
along by clouds as they came across the sky; dugouts that had heartbeats; languages of
gods; strangers with four coloured skins; light spears; golden skinned peoples wearing
feathers; spears that brought forth lightning; gold mining and boiling of
trees references by strangers; the building of stone buildings; their
sudden departures; earthquakes; and strange earthly events - all of these are told in
great detail. These references ultimately leave us with the questions what events
do they refer to: when; why and by whom?
What then is the Dhamurian Dreamtime?
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