Aboriginal Rock Art of the Wandjinas – Extraterrestrial

The Mysterious Aboriginal Rock Art of the Wandjinas

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One of the most intriguing and perplexing legends of the Australian Aboriginal people is that of the Wandjinas, the supreme spirit beings and creators of the land and people.  The land of the Wandjina is a vast area of about 200,000 square kilometres of lands, waters, sea and islands in the Kimberley region of north-western Australia with continuous culture dating back at least 60,000 years but probably much older. Here, traditional Aboriginal law and culture are still active and alive.

The Worora, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul people are the three Wandjina tribes – these tribal groups are the custodians of the oldest known figurative art which is scattered throughout the Kimberley.

Perhaps what is most interesting about their figurative art painted on rocks and in caves is the way in which they have represented the Wandjinas - white faces, devoid of a mouth, large black eyes, and a head surrounded by a halo or some type of helmet.

The ancient paintings have received all manner of interpretations from stylized representations of people or even owls, to ancient astronaut theories which suggest that extraterrestrial beings visited Earth tens of thousands of years ago and had direct contact with the inhabitants. Some believe that the extraterrestrials even played a direct role in creation, which is reflected not only in the Dreamtime stories of the Aboriginals but also the myths and legends of many ancient civilizations around the world. 

One could be forgiven for thinking that there is indeed a remarkable similarity between the Wandjinas and the stereotypical image of an extraterrestrial which we see time and again in art, movies and witness accounts. And many raise logical questions such as, why were the Wandjinas painted with white skin if it was representing another Aboriginal, all of whom had black skin? Why were the eyes always painted so disproportionate to the face and nose? And why were they all painted without a mouth?

Wandjina ExtraterrestrialsBut what is even more surprising is the oral account of the Wandjinas which has been passed from generation to generation as all of the Aboriginal Dreamtime stories have.

The story goes like this – the Wandjina were “sky-beings” or “spirits from the clouds” who came down from the Milky Way during Dreamtime and created the Earth and all its inhabitants. Then Wandjina looked upon the inhabitants and realised the enormity of the task and returned home to bring more Wandjinas. With the aid of the Dreamtime snake, the Wandjina descended and spent their Dreamtime creating, teaching and being Gods to the Aboriginals whom they created.  After some time, the Wandjinas disappeared. They descended into the earth and since then, have lived at the bottom of the water source associated with each of the paintings. There, they continually produce new ‘child-seeds’, which are regarded as the source of all human life.  Some Wandjina also returned to the sky, and can now be seen at night as lights moving high above the earth.

Aboriginal people, in the Kimberley also believe that even after they disappeared, the Wandjina continued to control everything that happened on the land and in the sky and sea.

Aboriginal Dreamtime stories, rock art and cave paintings have often been considered more myth then reality, like the stories we find in the teachings of modern day religions. However, recent archaeological discoveries have confirmed the reality of at least some of the Dreamtime stories. For example, those that spoke of huge mammals walking the Earth were once considered fantasy. But discoveries of animal fossils belonging to ‘mega fauna’ including giant mammals confirmed that these stories were accounts of real life events, passed down by generations over tens of thousands of years.

Interestingly and of course controversially, objects have been found on geographical sites which suggest the area had been inhabited as long ago as 174,000 B.C.  This contradicts the theory that Aboriginals had their routes in Africa and that inhabitants travelled from Africa to Australia about 60,000 years ago. Other researchers have suggested that Homo sapiens actually originated in Australia.

Wandjina - Aboriginals - Extraterrestrials

Today, the Aboriginal tribes of the Worora, Ngarinyin and Wunumbul still revere the Wandjina and only certain individuals are given permission to paint them. It is said that the Wandjina could punish those who broke the law with floods, lightening and cyclones and the paintings of the Wandjina are believed to possess these powers, therefore according to the Aboriginals they are always to be approached and treated respectfully.

Why would ancient Aboriginal people create so-called myths or fanciful stories if it meant so much to them and remains so important to their culture to this day?  So many myths and legends of the past have already been proven true by archaeological findings, such as the legend of the city of Troy, the labyrinth of the Minotaur, Norse legends of navigational crystals and many more.  Could it not be that the Aboriginal people of the time were simply telling of events as they saw them and how they understood them at the time? Perhaps one day we will uncover the answers to these intriguing questions.

By April Holloway

Related Links

http://poleshift.ning.com/profiles/blogs/wandjina-rock-art-kimberley-au

http://www.creativespirits.info/aboriginalculture/arts/what-are-wandjinas

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBUd_WIjN9g

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I think the alien interpretation of the Wandjinas is almost too crude to be true. I understand that from a certain perspective, the oral tradition combined with the ominous figures seems to point to extra-terrestrials from the galaxy - spacemen travelling and giving life. It's a fair enough idea. However, and I mean this as generally as possible, if one is to study oral tradition and not make the connection that the aborigines have vast knowledge of the 'Other worlds' - those places where the spirits dwell, the Dreamtime I think is what they call it - then is one not missing the fact that, invariably, indigenous cultures have a world of dreams in which there is a lower world, a middle world, and an upper world? And if each of these 'worlds' are inhabited by their culture spirits and mythic entities, then when they journey, when their medicine men and women make the transition from Earthly consciousness of the body to that of the soul, they could journey to the upper world and could meet with their helpers 'from above.' This is not to say that creatures actually did come from above, from the physical stars, but from the spiritual place above. All this, of course, is wildly generalised, completely insubstantiated because it's difficult as Westerners to make the leap beyond using the world 'ritual' when it comes to spirituality, and my interpretation is scientifically suspicious because I don't know the mechanics of modern aboriginal dreaming/shamanism. I simply think that to take a literal interpretation that beings came from the stars and landed on the earth to begin the human race or to begin life is just as insubstantiated as the shamanism idea. Then again, that's the fun of distant history. No one really knows what the heck was going on besides some paintings, some ochre in oyster shells and modern oral tradition. Still, that's why I love it, right?

I am a contact experiencer. I have actually interacted with the Wandjina. I know that you will not believe this statement, but I just spent my last weekend at a support group for contact experiencers. I am also a scientist, and as such I did not accept my crazy "dream" at first, even though I wasn't asleep at the time, it took 6 years before I could accept that it actually happened, despite the crazy things that happened in "real" life as a result of my crazy "dream". Now as a scientist, I have had a first hand study of contact experiencers, and I can tell you that we come from all different cultures/races/religions/sexes/backgrounds, there is not a single common link amongst us, we all share the same symptoms (rashes/bruises/increased psychic abilities/increased awareness/poltergeists), and the most compelling evidence to me is in the changes in the people that this happens to. Despite our different backgrounds, we all end up feeling exactly the same way, "knowing" the same things, talking the same way, we end up isolated from society and our families, because no-one wants to hear what we have to say, they want us to have "normal" conversations, but none of us are able to, we all think on a much higher level and so our conversation is on a much higher level, and most people can't handle it, they'd rather we talked about the weather or Lady Gaga's underwear. It's one of the reasons I am here right now, I have "known" for a long time that the Australian Aboriginals are the ORIGINAL people, we didn't come out of Africa as we are commonly mis-taught, and this was confirmed for me when I went to the support group as I heard so many of them also say the SAME THING. And when I decided to look at link between my Greys and the Aboriginals, what do I find? That they have been with us since the beginning of time and that the Aboriginals consider them our teachers and creators? So as a scientist, who attended a group who say the greys are here to teach us, and finds that is exactly what the ancient aboriginals also believed, I can only come to one conclusion.

My contact was real. I no longer care about the world's opinion of my sanity, I have seen first hand how completely normal and sane contact experiencers are. For me this Wandjina art is just confirmation of everything I already knew.

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I believe your contact is real.

What I don't quite believe is that those who contacted you are here to help us. There are many reasons why I am somewhat suspicious of that idea.

So true that we are very far removed from the experiences and beliefs of ancient tribes and even ancient civilizations. Gleaning through the writings, the oral traditions, the carvings and drawings of so many different peoples that the daunting task of scientific comparisons seems unrealistic.
Add to that all the amateur (sometimes brilliant-sometimes not) archeologists, paleontologists and the like that contribute to the enormous body of information available, we are left perplexed and inundated with so information and misinformation that we are going in circles instead of a straight line.
Aliens? Not a far fetched idea. Dreams? Another good one. Misinterpretation? Lots of that.
Intriguing? Very!!
And worth pursuing.

One thing that everybody needs to get straight— never were any of the ancients "making up stories." How crude and easy for modern day man to label the ancients as "making up stories", right in line with what we do today! Today we make up stories— yes. Back then? They recorded history! In fact, all of our history! Why do we pick out what we think is credible or not? A lack of imagination, that's why! At the end of the day, the universe is infinite, ever-expanding, there are billions of exoplanets that could host life, metaphysics has only been explored like the tip of an iceberg... the list goes on! Just look at the paintings! What do they look like! There's no need to even rationalise about it, any more! They are obviously foreign creatures! My god! People and their lack of imagination!

One of the more sensible comments I have read in a while...I also believe the various "ancients" recorded exactly the events they underwent and what they observed...this has been shown to be the truth time and again...it is the stupidity and arrogance of "modern" man that attempts to tell us otherwise.

I see it the same way. It is presumptious of us to automatically classify everthing outside our understanding as myth. But, we don't all think like that, fortunately.

     Sometimes I think what contributes to the overall dichotomy of being a human , ( a title I am becoming less comfortable with) is while we are intelligent and resourceful, we never , collectively anyway ,see a big enough picture to really alter our trajectory. It's times like these I think we are just some-one elses pet, simply gone feral.

Curious... obvious leap.

Wan{D/JIN}as

Aliens are actually human visitors from the future, travelling back in time to study the past. But they can't take on a solid form or in any way interfere with that past.

The assumption that oral tradition stories are 'merely quaint fictions' is arrogant and dismissive of the validity and importance of native histories, but it is also baldly inaccurate. Of course the oral traditions recorded actual history, and their histories were much more than mere records of idiotic battles; they recorded natural wisdom and earth changes, as well. Since people relied upon this inherited wisdom to survive, it had to be accurate.

The assumption that oral traditions are nothing but quaint fables is nothing but the self-delusion of conquerors looking for self-justifying perspectives for their continued oppression and extermination of other cultures. There is nothing scientific in the notion at all.

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