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Freda Brady

/ Boomerang Art Collection

/ Cat.No: 10019

Seven Sisters

 Linen 122 x 198 cm

This is a Creation Story about the constellations of Pleiades and Orion.

The sisters are the constellation of Pleiades, and the other star Orion is said to be a lusty or bad man (Nyiru). Nyiru is forever chasing the sisters known as the Kunkarunkara women as it is said he wants to marry the eldest sister. The seven sisters travel again and again from the sky to the earth to escape the Nyiru’s  unwanted attentions. They turn into their human form to escape from the persistent Nyiru, but he always finds them and they flee back to the sky.

As Nyiru is chasing the sisters he tries to catch them by using magic to turn into the most tempting bush tomatoes for the sisters to eat and the most beautiful fig tree for them to camp under. However, the sisters are too clever for the Nyiru and outwit him as they are knowledgeable about his magic.  They go hungry and run through the night rather than be caught by the Nyiru. Every now and again one of the women fall victim to his ways. It is said that he eventually captures the youngest sister, but with the help of the oldest sister, she escapes back to her sisters who are waiting for her.

Eventually the sisters fly back into the sky to escape Nyiru, reforming the constellation.