Ancestral Being n : are spirit entities
from the early days of the world, according to the Dreamtime or Creation
myths of Australia's aboriginal tribes. Modern science dismisses
these ideas as purely the stuff of fantasy but many aboriginals firmly
believe in their continued existence.
The Wirajuri aboriginals from the central west of New South Wales believe
in a hairy dog-like creature known as the mirri or mirriuula. it is
thought to frequent some of the lonelier regions and rivers. Once
seen these creatures are said to appear quite small but begin to grow
before your eyes as you begin to stare. danger is associated some
mirri dogs because they are thought to follow their victims with a view to
enticing them into the depths of their river or even killing them.
The Wiradjuri also believe in the yuurri which are hairy little men and
women, with sharp teeth and long fingernails, standing approximately (3
feet) tall with the males having long beards.
Some tribes such as the Gumbangirr aboriginals refer to these tiny people
as bitarr. They are said to particularly enjoy playing with
The aboriginals of Victoria are familiar with some other types of
mysterious pygmy people. These include the nyols, stone-grey
humanoid beings believed to inhabit caverns in deep rocks below the
surface of the earth. Occasionally it is said that they come out to
play among the shadows of dusk.
The netnets are beings with long sharp claws living above ground in
rocks. The pot-koorok are described as looking like a small man-frog
with great webbed feet, long mobile fingers and a wet pear shaped
body. This creature is said to dwell n rivers and deep pools.
More sinister is Old Red Eye a name given to an insubstantial entity,
having only a vaguely human form. It is said that it can mesmerize
it's victims with the glare from it's red eyes as well as causing time to
stand still for them. Should they manage to scream they cannot be
heard. It is said that Old Red Eye can materialize at any time and
Yara-ma-yha is said to be a 'merciless vampire' resembling a 'tiny
toothless frog-man'. he lives and jumps down on his victims from
trees in order to drain their blood.