The Rivers of Babalon The Great Mother.

Katina Olsen

I was told stories of land, the sky and the feminine connections.
One is the story of the Bunya Mountains and Namu; the mountain, her breast and the mother’s milk, the Bunya nut. The Wakka Wakka people would travel to the Bunya Mountains to feast on the Bunya nut when they were in season. Many people from surrounding areas would also travel to the mountains where they would all meet and feast on the nut. My Aunt spoke of the clouds that sit on the mountains and that these are called Namu. They are the strings that carry our loved one’s spirit away to the sky once they have passed. Nunar is the Wakka Wakka word for sky but also the same word for clouds, Namu is the mountain which is also the breast. The mother gives life and then sends the passed life to the sky. We are the sky, we are the stars.


The Jarowair Aboriginal people call this place “Boobarran Ngummin” which, literally translated, means “mothers’ breast”. They believed that the creators of the land, people and animals lived here. These mountains were so important to the aborigines of southeast Queensland, that every three years they’d walk several hundred kilometres from places as far away as Northern NSW, Brisbane, Moreton Bay Islands, Sunshine Coast, and Wide Bay. The Bunya Mountains was their place to engage in trade, conduct marriage ceremonies, hold spiritual discussions and of course gather the nuts from the abundant Bunya Pines.



The Isis River in southeast Queensland starts below Junction Mountain at an elevation of 35.5m and flows into the Coral Sea of the South Pacific Ocean.


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