Djabbo dja Dird (The Quoll and the Moon)

The artist has depicted an image of Dird the moon man. His image appears on rock, painted in red ochre near the outstation Gumarrirnbang, in Arnhem Land.
Dird the moon used to argue with Djebuyh (the possum) about the mortality of human beings. The Dird wanted people to die and return anew, waxing and waning, as the moon does. Djebuyh said that humans should die as animals do – that is they ‘finish’ with death, there is no return to earth. Djebuyh won the argument and ensured that people die forever. Only the moon is immortal.

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