After many years of living in harmony
many creatures became dissatisfied with
their state of being, several land species
craved to fly like birds, many fish wanted
to leave the waters and live on the land in
the sunshine, even insects and reptiles
desired a change of lifestyle. There was
Mother Sun came to Earth and gathered her
children together and said to them: Have I not
brought you forth from the Earth's womb? Have
I not shone on your shapeless forms and breathed
life into them? O dissatisfied beings, I have given
you life and the right to choose for yourselves. Do
as you think best. But you shall all repent of the choice
you have made.
The creatures chose as they severally desired. The
kangaroo, the frilled lizards, the bats, the pelicans,
the platypus, the wombats, the frogs all became such as
they had desired. The mouse family of the bats wished
to be birds so now the bat is able to fly though it can't
grow feathers. The koala wished to be rid of its tail that
was the envy of all animals, so the tail died off. Insects
became like bits of bark of trees, or twigs, or dried sticks.
When Mother Sun saw all the strange creatures she sent
a bright morning star, a son of the Spirit World, to watch over
the Earth and with him a companion - the moon. Thus was
the moon born. And the moon descended to the Earth and
became the wife of the morning star.
And they brought forth children.
These children dwelt and multiplied and became the human race.
And as they died they took their places in the sky in the form of stars.
Then Arna and Bajjara said: Remember to whom you owe your birth.
And do not seek to change your state like the animals, the birds, the
reptiles, the insects and the fishes. Remember also that you are superior
to the creatures, and that you and your children and your children's children
will all return to your Great All Father, the Eternal Spirit.
An abridged, edited and revised account of the Creation based on Aboriginal Legend as recorded by William Ramsay Smith and published in Myths & Legends of the Australian Aboriginals