Namarnde (Devil-like Spirit)
Namarnde – Devil Spirit, one of many types of Mimi spirits that inhabit the sandstone escarpment country of Western Arnhem Land.
Mimis are the original spirit beings. According to the Kunwinjku people of Western Arnhem Land, they existed before humans and taught them everything they needed to know – ceremonies, dance, song, hunting and bush skills. These spirits continue to live in rocks, trees, and caves in the stone country, but are rarely seen by humans.
Most Mimis are regarded as being mischievous but not threating to humans, unlike the Namarnde Devil depicted in this painting which is considered slightly ‘cheeky’, or dangerous.
© Injalak Arts