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Tag: Myth

Kur-bo-roo (folklore)

Victorian Aborigines also saw the koala as an animal of much wisdom and, as recorded by R. Brough Smyth in 1878, often sought his advice.
The Native Bear, Kur-bo-roo, is the sage counselor of the Aborigines in all their difficulties. When bent on a dangerous expedition, the men will seek help from this clumsy creature, but [...]

Didane the Koala (folklore)

Back in the Dreamtime, the rugged Carnarvon area was a very hot, dry place. There were no trees or bushes, and no grass.
When the first people arrived, the country seemed new and strange, with narrow gorges and the towering sandstone cliffs of Boodyadella, the main dividing range. The people came to love these craggy ranges, [...]

Or did he lose his tail another way? (folklore)

In the last post…we shared one theory of how the koala lost its tail…here is another.
During a drought the animals noted that Koala never seemed to suffer from thirst. Suspecting he had concealed a supply of water for his own use and was unwilling to share with others, they searched high and low. Various birds [...]

Intestinal Fortitude (folklore)

It had been raining for days and weeks and months and years. The water ran down the hills, forming creeks and rivers that flowed across the plains and collected in the hollows. The water rose almost imperceptibly, lapping gently at the feet of the hills. As the deepest depressions were filled with waters that grew [...]

Row, row, row the boat…(folklore)

Long ago in the distant past all the animals that are now in Australia lived in another land far beyond the sea; they were at that time in human form. One day they met together and decided to set out in a canoe in order to find better hunting grounds over the sea. The whale, [...]

The Mighty Koala Advisor…(folklore)

At one time the Kulin were in the habit of skinning the koalas prior to cooking them, as they did with all their other animals. The koalas resented this treatment, and resolved to be revenged upon the Kulin. One day, when all the people were away from their camp, the koalas seized all the tarnuks, [...]

Koobor the Koala and Water (folklore)

Australian Aboriginal Legend retold by Agor
A long time ago, animals weren’t animals – they were people. Koobor the koala was a boy. His parents were dead and he lived with relatives in a very dry part of the country, where there was never enough water.
Everyone in the family was given water each evening, but Koobor [...]

The Koala and the Bunyip (folklore)

Long, long ago, a koala lived on the top of a mountain. Every night she came down to a waterhole in the Wollondilly to drink. There she met the Bunyip who lived in the deepest, darkest part of the swamp. Koala was not afraid of the Bunyip and they would talk all through the night [...]