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Gomeroi Star Lore
Turn left at the fork.
The aboriginal people who first settled this area, the Gomeroi, had a deep and intricate understanding of the night sky. Their appreciation of the sky above was interlinked with the ground they walked on.
The Gomeroi people considered Baiame, as their ancestor or patron god. Who came down from the sky to the land, and created rivers, mountains, and forests that you see now.
He gave the people laws, traditions, songs, and culture, and created the first initiation site, where boys were initiated into manhood. This was known as a bora.
When he had finished, he returned to the sky, and people called him the Sky Hero or Sky Father, where he married Birrahgnooloo (Birran-gnulu), who is identified as an emu. Together they had a son Turramūlan.
It was forbidden to mention the name of Baiame publicly, women were not allowed to see drawings, nor approach the boras.
In star-lore the Greek constellation of Orion the hunter was known to the Gomeroi as Berriberri. He set out to capture the Pleiades, Miai-miai, cornered them in a tree and transformed them into yellow and white cockatoos. But his attempts to seize them was blocked by Turramūlan.
The seventh of Miai-miai, gurri gurri, was shy and less beautiful and was transformed into the least visible of the 7 stars in the Pleiades.