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Balangjalangalan IV

Artist: Paddy Fordham Wainburranga

Medium/Type: Limited Edition Print

Size: 33 x 47 cm

Catalogue Number: PFW10-32

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Catalogue No: PFW10-32
Limited Edition: 10/32
Size: 47 cm x 33 cm
Print Type: Planographic
Technique: lithograph, printed in black ink, from one stone [or plate]

A favourite theme was depictions and stories associated with Balangalngalan. These ambiguous beings are responsible for seeing that things in the human world go in accordance with the will of the Spirits. They are said to be half-human, half-spirit, with the power to transform at will. They are wise and provide guidance and healing, often appearing in the form of animals or birds, but generally living as humans, and sometimes taking the role of witch doctor. However, they have been known at times to abduct unattended babies or straying children as a means of recruiting new members and can become quite strict when customs are not faithfully observed. So, like all other-worldly powers, they have a frightening aspect and must be heeded with great respect. They are spirits that are woven into the kinship system as inextricable links in a holistic cosmology.


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