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Guda Pa Thurai (Asking for permission) by David Bosun
Guda Pa Thurai (Asking for permission) by David Bosun

Guda Pa Thurai (Asking for permission)

by David Bosun

Medium: Woodcut Limited Edition

Category: Original Artwork

$420.00 AUD (Incl GST)

Waur (Snake) & Kursi (Hammerhead Shark)

This print depicts one of Mualgau most important cultural lore and taboo orally handed down to me by my father. It is believed that distraction and bad luck will come to those whom are disobedient to all the sacred lore that governs our society.

At birth, Mualagal are given certain totem in which will identify the seven clan group and kinship they come from. In this instance, before hunting the dugong only for special ceremonial purpose, the hunter must seek and ask for permission from the Gerainigal elders of the dugong clan whom a custodian of the sacred mammal

According to the lore, Gerainigal are forbidden to hunt and eat their sacred totem. This sacred lore was in place to maintain the sustainability management and survival of the dugong for the future generations. Punishment for breaking the lore was either by beheaded or hit with the club on the head by the Gerainigal head warrior.