One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spirit person depicted in rock paintings of northern Queensland.‘the Quinkan has two parts to his being: one good, one bad’as modifier ‘Quinkan art is outstanding in variety, quantity, and quality’
- ‘Opening up parts of Queensland's Cape York to mining could devastate the famous Quinkan rock art.’
- ‘The Quinkan rock art is found within 230,000 hectares of sandstone and depicts images from the Dreamtime.’
- ‘A saucer-eyed Quinkan spirit man, with extended arms and body shimmering in tiny coloured lights, snatches the attention of the mix of tourist visitors.’
- ‘Apart from Split Rock Site, visitors can only visit the Quinkan rock art with a guide.’
- ‘From the spooky appearance of Quinkan and his ghostly mate Gadja, guests move outdoors, down to a lakeside, where they become involved in a fire-making performance in a non-intimidating way.’
Early 20th century: from Kuku-Yalanji (an Aboriginal language) guwin-gan ‘ghost, spirit’.
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