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Ankotarinja

by Micha F. Lindemans
Among the Aranda people, the first man. He is the Dreaming hero who first emerged from the ground to create the world. His myth belonged to a small band of Aranda men, known as the Ngala-Mbitjana people. They were heirs to Ankotarinja's exploits at the time of the Dreaming, performing his ceremonies and initiating their young iliara (novice) into his totemic lodge. They kept alive the memory of his world-creating endeavors. Ankotarinja's birthplace is a creek-bed near Ankota (vicinity of Mt. Solitaire).

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