Namorrordo Spirit

Namorrordo beings are devil-like men who inhabited Arnhem Land during the Dreamtime. They are still present at night in the bush. Kunwinjku people believe Namorrordo can steal the spirits of their dead if they are not laid to rest in the culturally appropriate way. Sometimes when a man or women is sick Namorrordo being a cheeky spirit will steal their body and take them far away to steal their soul. If the person is a sick man he will kill him straight away but if it is a women he will keep her for the night then kill her in the early morning before the sun rises. Namorrordo is shown with his fighting club. When he has taken the soul from the sick man he removes his lungs and blows them up to an enormous size. With his fighting club he hits the lungs to make it burst and the sound is so loud it sounds like nearby thunder. It is said that Namorrodo traverses the sky in the form of a shooting star, looking for souls to steal.

Nawu Namorrordo nakka bininj yiman ngad.dja kuknamarnde kukak karrinan kabirikan kunak kare kabenmalngmang nawu kabirrihdowen yika nawu bininj yika daluk kabirridulkkiyo kabirridowen Namorrordo kamre kabenngolekdurrkmang kumalng kakan djarreh kumekke kabenmalngmang.Nawu bininj karrowen nakka wanjh kabibun werrkwerrk.dja ngalbu daluk karrowen ngalkka kabikan kabikukyiyo kunkodjkekudji wanjh djarreh kamhbarrhbun kunekke kabibun.Bimbom namorrordo kahbimdi kore djurra kahkarrme nuye kundulk Miyarrul.manbu kanbun kunmalng kadberre bu karribekkan kukak.Namorrordo karrinan kukak kunak kabirlikan yiman mankokkarr.kunmalng kayawan kanmalngmang madberre nawu karrihdulkkiyo dja nawu karridowen.