Gunapipi

Also known as Kunapipi, Guanapipi, Kunapipi-Kalwadi-Kadjara.

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  • Aboriginal Aboriginal (culture)
  • Aquatic Aquatic (attribute)
  • Deadly Deadly (behaviour)

A sea monster of the Dreamtime animals of Australia. It would lurk amongst waters where children would play and fish and then it would swallow them whole. An eagle would then swoop down and regurgitate the boys. When the boys resurfaced they had grown into adults. This concept is incorporated into puberty ceremonies of the people. Some legends tell that when the warrior heard that heir boys had been eaten by the water monster, they hunted her in the pool and chopped of her head and legs. They then slit her belly to allow the children to escape.

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