- Aboriginal (culture)
- Giant (attribute)
- Sorcery and Medicinal (attribute)
- Deadly (behaviour)
A creature that was created by a man named Djarapa from the beliefs of the Native Australians. Djarapa gathered wood, straw and stones to create an enormous wooden figure. It had pebbles for eyes, stones for teeth, straw for hair and wood for its main body. Djarapa made many enchanting rituals to bring the Wulgaru to life so that the gigantic creature would do work for him. However nothing worked so he kicked the colossal statue and walked off. While on his way down the path and through the hills, he heard a sound of wood scraping against stone but thought nothing of it. When he got to the top of a hill he turned around to see what the noise was and whose footsteps he could hear. He looked up and saw his wooden figure he had created who was looking down on him with a furious look on his face. Djarapa ran as fast as he could but he could not loose the Wulgaru. He ran until he reached the edge of a deep river. He carefully moved along the bank to hide in some trees nearby making sure he left no foot prints, only those that led to the river. The Wulgaru came over the hill and followed the footsteps into the river until it was submerged. Djarapa sighed in relief but then he saw Wulgaru emerge from the water on the other side of the river and carry on through the hills. Djarapa ran back to his village and told everyone about Wulgaru. From then on Wulgaru would punish and devour all those that had committed evil but left those who were good natured.
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