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Aboriginal Culture | Sacred Colours

The sacred Aboriginal colours, said to be given to the Aborigines during the Dreamtime, are Black, Red, Yellow and White.

Black represents the earth, marking the campfires of the dreamtime ancestors.

Red represents fire, energy and blood - 'Djang', a power found in places of importance to the Aborigines.

Yellow represents water, and the markings on the back of the great snake ancestor (see our last blog on the Rainbow Serpent Myths).

White represents the sky and stars, which are filled with the Aborigines ancestors who returned to the sky after creating the earth.

This stunning painting from Charmaine Pwerle combines all these special colours in an energetic abstract of her dreaming.

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