posted on Aug, 1 2005 @ 08:49 PM
Cool, dave_54, thanks for sharing. Don't know if anyone's interested, but here are some more 'Aussie-specific' stories my grandfather told me
about monsters and spooky things that live in the bush:
The Min Min light (which I have actually seen) is a bright light about the size of a full moon that moves lazily along roads at night. People mistake
it for car headlights at a distance until it gets closer and slowly passes them. When I saw it, it was meandering on the side of a mountain. My uncle
is convinced that it's something awful and actually shot at it, but to no effect. I suspect it's some form of either marsh gas (although there
aren't many marshes in the bush) or perhaps quartz deposits underground flexing and rubbing together, although my brother swears that it moves off as
you approach it and leads you away into the bush.
The bunyip is, according to my grandad, a terrifying monster that lives in billabongs (a billabong is a muddy lake). He said it had an eerie cry it
used before it attacked. Now, in the bush there are these birds whose cry sounds like children screaming (seriously) and at night he would tell me
that it was the bunyip coming to get me.
Although the Aborigines have numerous bunyip tales and despite the discovery of some strange carcasses,
I'd be surprised if there has been a credible bunyip sighting in a long time.
This next one's not technically a crypto, but thought you'd be interested anyway. My grandad's property contains numerous sites sacred to the local
Aborigines. He would tell me that if I didn't show respect or ask an elder permission to visit the sites, then the Kadaicha Man would get me.
Kadaicha Man is part shaman, part avenging policeman for the Aborigines. Grandad said he wore feathers on his feet to cover his tracks. If you
violated Aboriginal law, he would point the bone at you. This involved taking a kangaroo bone and pointing it at you with evil intent. You are
supposed to die several days later through his powerful magic. I believe there have actually been cases of this occurring, although I'm sure it has
as much to do with the power of suggestibility as it does with the Kadaicha Man's magic.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the weirdness Down Under.