Nyinkka NyuNyu

Nyinkka NyuNyu is the Warumungu name for the spiky-tailed goanna, also known as the spiny-tailed monitor.

According to the Warumungu legend, there is a cropping of rocks that is the birthplace of the goanna. The lizard was out eating insects one day when the magpie came over and asked if they could be partners. The goanna didn’t like the magpie’s white eyes, and said no.

The magpie was upset, and left. The magpie threw a party to feel better, but the goanna heard about it and showed up. When the magpie saw the goanna dancing at the party, the magpie danced over and tore the belly out of the lizard.

The spirit of the goanna still lives in the rocks.

 

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