Uluru: A sacred site for the Aboriginals


Get to know ‘Uluru’

Uluru is sacred to the Pitjantjatjara Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. The area around the formation has an abundance of springs, waterholes, rock caves and ancient paintings.

Uluru is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Uluru and Kata Tjuta, also known as the Olgas, are the two major features of the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park.

Uluru is associated with many myths among the Aboriginals. Two such accounts feature in the Encyclopaedia of Sacred Places. The first tells of serpent beings who waged many wars around Uluru, scarring the rock. The second tells of two tribes of ancestral spirits who were invited to a feast, but were distracted by the beautiful Sleepy Lizard Women and did not show up. In response, the angry hosts sang evil into a mud sculpture that came to life as the dingo. There followed a great battle, which ended in the deaths of the leaders of both tribes. The earth itself rose up in grief at the bloodshed, becoming Uluru.

Unfortunately, much to the dismay of the Aboriginals, the sacred site has been climbed multiple times including acts of golfing, strip tease have been performed. In October 2019, a permanent ban on climbing was implemented

Sources: Wikipedia

My Take

While Uluru can just be seen as a rock, it is only right we respect the local culture and traditions. None of us would like people to climb the St. Peter’s Basilica or the Wailing Wall/Dome of the Rock. It is, therefore, only right we respect the Aboriginal sentiments. I am glad the ban went through in 2019. Thank you Australia.

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