Saturday, November 27, 2010

A Picture Is Worth...


This week's PhotoHunt theme is written.
The giant boulders at Ubirr Rock, in the Northern Territory of Australia, are decorated with Aboriginal rock art. Some of the paintings are believed to have been painted by the first people of the creation eras. Other of the painting, such as the one above, are more recent.
The red spindly figure, Mabuyu, represents a story that warns against stealing. Bill Neidiia has written the story that demonstrates morality and the consequences of stealing.
“Mabuyu was dragging his catch on a string after a fishing expedition when a greedy person cut the string and stole his fish. That night, Mabuyu waited until the thieves had eaten his fish and were camped inside their cave near the East Alligator River. Then he blocked the cave with a huge rockNext morning they never came out. Because they pinched it they got punished. Kids, ladies and men all dead-finished."

12 comments:

  1. Great find for the theme.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    Liz @ MLC

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  2. What a great story -- one which significantly adds to one's appreciation of the art work you photographed. Thanks for sharing it, Maya.

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  3. Sadly, many of the rock paintings, here are the victims of people who paint their names all over them. They have no idea that what they destroy is hundreds or even thousands of years old.

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  4. Wow! that's a scary written stuff right there and then ... amazing though!

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  5. that is really a great find and good that you were able to capture it.

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  6. What a fascinating story. I love reading stories like this and have watched programs on NatGeo about these ancient drawings on caves and boulders.


    Sreisaat Adventures

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  7. Oh what a nice take for the theme..Happy weekend...

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  8. Wow very informative and interesting. Thanks for sharing!
    Written

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  9. what an interesting story. love your take on the theme.

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  10. An excellent idea for the theme and a very interesting story.
    Happy weekend.

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  11. Hi from Berlin Maya,

    Great photo and cool take on the theme. Interesting story too. I bet back then they had a low theft rate with a punishment like that. Thanks for sharing.

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