Continuing on with the Subject of Aboriginal artefacts, I share with you this beautifully decorated Bull roarer from the Aboriginal Tribal lands of Central South Australia. But first to explain what a Bull roarer is.
Bull roarers are thin tear-shaped pieces of wood attached to a long cord.
To use a Bull roarer, spin it around it’s own axis, holding the end of the string in a big circle above your head. If done correctly the Bull roarer will produce an eerie whirring sound that carries well in the barren landscape of Australia. Its sound can carry over a kilometre on a silent night when used in mountain ranges or gullies.
It’s said that Bull roarers were used in secret Aboriginal ceremonies. Other people believe Bull roarers were used as the Aboriginal ‘bush telephone’, to communicate over long distances.
I chose this particular Bull roarer as it displays the beautiful artwork of its Tribal origin.
I photographed both sides to show its intricate detail, it is a butterfly that has been painted, using the Dot style of painting that Aboriginal art is renowned for, it truly is a beautiful piece of work.
If you have seen the Australian Movie Crocodile Dundee11, you would have seen the actor, Paul Hogan using it as a form of Aboriginal communication, much like we use a phone.
I attach a video clip demonstrating its use and the eerie sound it makes.