One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spirit person depicted in rock and bark paintings of Western Arnhem Land.‘they say that the mimi can magically bring a rock wall down, paint on it, and then raise it again’‘mimis were mischievous beings who lived in caves’
- ‘The Spirits of the Dead, like the Mimi in northern Australia, were desirous of human company, though they were dangerous and unpleasant.’
- ‘Mimi figures precede X-ray art in the rock art sequence.’
- ‘The mimi have gone as people now, but they are still there as spirits.’
- ‘Contemporary Aboriginal knowledge includes a history for Arnhem Land paintings imputing the old ones to the mimi people.’
- ‘The mimi must have pulled the roof down to reach the surface or flown up so they could paint on the high ceilings that no human can reach.’
- ‘These Aboriginal people know the old art of the mimi—the other kind of human being who were in their stone country long, long before them.’
- ‘They say that the mimi can magically bring a rock wall down within the reach of their hands, paint on it, and then raise it again.’
- ‘Mimis were very thin, mischievous spirit beings who lived in rocks and caves.’
- ‘The best known and most prevalent of legendary figures in the rock paintings of western Arnhem Land are the mimi.’
- ‘In the contemporary way of painting them, mimi are indeed narrow and thin, like spirits that can slip into cracks.’
1940s: from Gunwinygu (an Aboriginal language) mimih.
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