A Daily Photo Blog about Life in Northern New South Wales, Australia.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

The Tingha Stone Woman

Before the European Invasion, Aboriginal society and culture was both complex, intricate and very highly developed to survive in the harsh conditions of Australia. Stories/law contained many levels of meaning depending upon the knowledge that you yourself were privileged to hear and own, and depended upon age, sex and totem.
The Tingha Stone Woman story suggests severe punishment for breaking the rules of kinship and totem by marrying someone that the family group did not approve of for various reasons.



The story goes that a young girl went against her family and ran off to marry a man who she was deeply infatuated with and the family sent a warrior after her. He caught up with her as she was bending over and taking a drink in a creek. He whacked her over the head/neck and she fell into the creek and turned into stone, forever upside down with her head in the water..



I decided not to photograph the Stone Woman for a number of reasons. She is not very big and is behind the centre boulder.
I was totally horrified to find out that a few years ago she suffered a terrible attack with paint and hammers by mindless vandals, she has since been restored.Gee if only the warrior had reappeared to whack these vandals on the head and turn them into stone!!! That would be a lesson for the modern age.


8 comments:

  1. "Gee if only the warrior had reappeared to whack these vandals on the head and turn them into stone!!! That would be a lesson for the modern age".
    Hear hear.
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  2. Fascinating story. Terrible act of vandalism. I enjoy your cultural posts.

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  3. Looks like a nice area. Poor woman!

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  4. It is interesting how many stories were of people turning to stone when there was some wrongdoing. I suppose those vandals got away with it.

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  5. I enjoy your post very much. Have a great Sunday:)

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  6. I am sure the vandals got away with it VioletSky but I am a big believer in Karma and I am sure they will have unhappy lives unless they made restitution somehow!

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  7. interesting story and i would love the part 2 of this story as well...stupid, disrespectful vandals.

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  8. Very interesting story.
    Nice photos.

    Regards!

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