The Myth of the Nagas in the Realm of the Rainbow Serpents
Bagmati River, Kathmandu Valley
It has to be a story of the land.
Land that tells the story of life.
Life that inspires the spirit.
Spirit that tells the story of land.
Sitting in front of a fireplace we
enjoy the circle of flames and talk about the art of making fire. How
humans have used and abused the power of fire. These thoughts guide us
to the stories that inspire the spiritual and physical
well being of the land and its peoples. Fireside stories that were told
time and time again all around the world, keeping the delicate balance
of life on
Perhaps she will come
again when the sprits of
men and the spirit of this
land are once more
together as one
Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Kabul Oodgeroo N
We were introduced to the Aboriginal myth
of the Rainbow Serpent by Gauri N. Rimal. When he visited the Myth of
the Nagas exhibition, the parallels between the two legends struck him
immediately and he shared with us a beautiful catalogue about the
Rainbow Serpent, that he had acquired while visiting the Australian
pavilion at World Expo 1988 where he attended a theatre presentation of
The Rainbow Serpent by Brisbane artists Oodgeroo Noonuccal and
Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal. We envisioned an ecological artwork that
would highlight the similarities between the nagas and the rainbow
serpent as they relate to the revitalization of nature and culture.
Ancient naga sculpture surrounding King Malla's bath, Patan, Kathmandu Valley
Oodgeroo Noonuccal and Kabul Oodgeroo Noonuccal~The Rainbow Serpent, 1988