Skip to content

Update from the Gallery regarding COVID-19

The Art Gallery of New South Wales is open. We are observing strict physical distancing and hygiene measures to protect the health of visitors and staff and minimise the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus). Read the latest visit information, including hours

The Rainbow Serpent

written by Dick Roughsey

HarperCollins | ISBN 9780207174339

Paperback – 32 pages

tick staff recommendation


Member’s price: $13.50
Usually ships within 2–11 business days.

There are innumerable names and stories associated with the Rainbow Serpent all of which communicate the significance of this being within Aboriginal traditions. Dreamtime stories tell how the Rainbow Serpent came from beneath the ground and created huge ridges mountains and gorges as it pushed upward. The name also reflects the snake-like meandering of water across a landscape and the color spectrum sometimes caused by sunlight hitting the water. Paintings of the Rainbow Serpent first appeared in Arnhem Land rock art more than 6000 years ago and perhaps as early as 8000 years before the present as the seas rose after the last Ice Age. Today the Rainbow Serpent is associated with ceremonies about fertility and abundance as well as the organisation of the community and the keeping of peace.

Similar items