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Legendary Tales


COLLECTED FROM VARIOUS TRIBES BY

Mrs. K. LANGLOH PARKER

AUTHOR OF
Australian Legendary Tales


WITH INTRODUCTION BY

ANDREW LANG, M.A.


WITH ILLUSTRATION'S BY A NATIVE ARTIST


LONDON
DAVID NUTT, 270-271, STRAND
MELBOURNE
MELVILLE, MULLEN & SLADE
1898



"And he told me in a vision of the night:

There are nine and sixty ways of constructing tribal lays.

And every one of them is right!'"




ALL RIGHTS RESERVED



DEDICATED

TO

THE EUAHLAYI-SPEAKING PEOPLE

IN GRATEFUL RECOGNITION OF THEIR

EVER-WILLING ASSISTANCE IN

MY FOLK-LORE QUEST



Contents

page
Preface ix
Introduction, BY ANDREW LANG, M.A. xvii
The Crane and the Crow 1
Beereeun the Mirage Maker 3
Bohrah the Kangaroo and Dinewan the Emu 13
Gheeger Gheeger, the Cold West Wind 15
Bilber and Mayrah 19
Brälgah the Dancing Bird 21
How the Sun was Made 28
Sturt's Desert Pea, the Blood Flower 31
Piggiebillah the Porcupine 39
Gayardaree the Platypus 41
How Mungghee, or Mussels, were brought to the Creeks 45
Wurrunnah's Trip to the Sea 49
Walloobahl the Bark Lizard 55
Goolayyahlee the Pelican 57
Mungoongarlee the Iguana and Ouyouboolooey the Black Snake 61
Wayambeh the Turtle and Woggoon the Turkey 68
Where the Frost Comes From 73


This work is in the public domain in the United States because it was published before January 1, 1924.


The author died in 1940, so this work is also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 75 years or less. This work may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.