The Story of Ophieneus


The story of Noah and the flood parallels a Noongar belief. After thousands of years of harmony, people stopped following their laws and customs. Chaos reigned. The whole land was cloaked in evil.

Eight people upheld the law, led by Buerrna who’d dreamed that he’d ridden on the back of Ophieneus (Waargle the snake), the all-powerful creator. All he could see was water and Ophieneus pushed people away when they tried to climb onto his back.

Suddenly, Buerrna found that he was on Ophieneus’ back with his seven companions. They rode for many days until they reached a sacred rock. Ophieneus said, “I will bless you and you will again become a great and powerful tribe. Your totemic symbol shall be me, Waargle the serpent. Remember the laws. Keep this rock sacred because I will always be here.” He then dived back into the turbulent waters leaving the survivors to rebuild the world.

Boyagin Rock is revered today as the sleeping place of the great creator, Waargle the sacred serpent.

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105 × 96 cm | Acrylic on canvas | Cat. no: 0440-22

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