The Aurora Australis - through an Australia shaped cave. 🌿Prints and clocks available in profile🌿
Many traditional stories overlap when it comes to auroral displays - below are a few.
Aurorae are significant in Australian Indigenous astronomical traditions. Aboriginal people associate aurorae with fire, death, blood, and omens, sharing many similarities with Native American communities. They are quite different from Inuit traditions of the Aurora Borealis, which are more festive. Aboriginal people commonly saw aurorae as fires in the cosmos. To the Gunditjmara of western Victoria, they’re Puae buae (“ashes”). To the Gunai of eastern Victoria, they’re bushfires in the spirit world and an omen of a coming catastrophe. As far north as southwestern Queensland, Aboriginal people saw the phenomenon as “feast fires” of the Oola Pikka - ghostly beings who spoke to Elders through the aurora.
The Maori of Aotearoa/New Zealand saw aurorae (Tahunui-a-rangi) as the campfires of ancestors reflected in the sky. These ancestors sailed southward in their canoes and settled on a land of ice in the far south.
The southern lights let people know they will one day return. This is similar to an Algonquin story from North America.
Extracted from: Fire in the sky - The southern lights in Indigenous oral traditions (24/04/2017)