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Mayawunydji is a Munyuku freshwater estate, a wetlands area. It is connected to the Maḏarrpa and Maŋgalili clans through the lightning serpent Burrut’tji. According to Djambawa Marawili, Burrut’tji stands on its tail at its home at Baraltja and spits lightning out to communicate with other lightning serpents. Water flows from the Mayawunydji wetlands into Blue Mud Bay. The word for this flowing water is the same as the name for the final resting place of deceased Yirritja clan members. In this way, Mayawunydji represents a place where the earth and the cosmos meet.


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Burrut’tji | Lightning Snakes