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Friday, February 25, 2011

Mimi Spirit Being and a Fish

Block prints:

Mimi Double print

Anthropomorphic figures representing Mimi spirit beings

I found this book in a used bookstore in  Glen Innes, New South Wales, Australia.  So glad I picked it up, it has taught me plenty!

From Wikipedia: "Mimis are fairy-like beings of Arnhem Land in the folklore of the Indigenous Australians of northern Australia. They are described as having extremely thin and elongated bodies, so thin as to be in danger of breaking in case of a high wind. To avoid this, they usually spend most of their time living in rock crevices. They are said to have taught the Aborigines of Australia how to hunt, prepare kangaroo meat and use fire. They are like humans but they live in a different dimension. They were depicted during the freshwater period (1200 kya)."

From Aboriginal Australia (1981): " Mimi spirits are trickster spirits, sometimes cannibalistic.  Where they disappear into rock walls of caves and shelters, they sometimes leave their shadows behind, which appear as paintings on the rock surfaces."


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