Murgah Muggui : The Spider single work   short story   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1930 1930
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Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Woggheeguy : Australian Aboriginal Legends Catherine Stow , Adelaide : F. W. Preece , 1930 Z870520 1930 selected work short story Indigenous story Adelaide : F. W. Preece , 1930 pg. 15-16
  • Appears in:
    y Wandjina, Children of the Dreamtime : Aboriginal Myths and Legends Children of the Dreamtime; Aboriginal Myths and Legends; Children of the Dreamtime; Aboriginal Myths and Legends Roland Robinson , Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1968 Z900211 1968 selected work short story children's Indigenous story Brisbane : Jacaranda Press , 1968 pg. 69
  • Appears in:
    y Wise Women of the Dreamtime : Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers K. Langloh Parker , Joanna Lambert (editor), Vermont : Inner Traditions International , 1993 Z467405 1993 selected work prose dreaming story

    Extending deep into the caverns of humanity's oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and the Dreamtime, this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers... In these stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioural code for society'. (Source: back cover, 1993 edition)

    Vermont : Inner Traditions International , 1993
    pg. 54-60

Works about this Work

The Pleiades and the Dreamtime : An Aboriginal Women's Story and Other Ancient World Traditions Antonella Riem Natale , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
Bruce Chatwin and the Aboriginal Story 'Murgah Muggui' : Threading Songlines and Webs of Lives. Antonella Riem Natale , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 108-115)

'This essay works within the lines of the partnership literary theory and it focuses on the importance of analogical thinking in literary criticism. Its aim is to demonstrate how the literary text (in all its possible expressions), especially in postcolonial literatures, is influenced by 'native' oral traditions and narratives that work within an analogical rather than logical framework. The Aboriginal mythological story "Murgah Murrui" and Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines (1987) will be shown as working within similar narrative structures. Chatwin is inspired by an Aboriginal world-view, mirrored in his use of an analogical style and language that imitates and evokes the rhythms of oral narrative. In both The Songlines and "Murgah Murrui" the expression of a partnership, life-enhancing and cooperative mode is an ancient instrument of wisdom, unveiling the immutable and sacred truths of the universe.' Source: Antonella Riem Natale.

Bruce Chatwin and the Aboriginal Story 'Murgah Muggui' : Threading Songlines and Webs of Lives. Antonella Riem Natale , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of the European Association for Studies on Australia , vol. 1 no. 2009; (p. 108-115)

'This essay works within the lines of the partnership literary theory and it focuses on the importance of analogical thinking in literary criticism. Its aim is to demonstrate how the literary text (in all its possible expressions), especially in postcolonial literatures, is influenced by 'native' oral traditions and narratives that work within an analogical rather than logical framework. The Aboriginal mythological story "Murgah Murrui" and Bruce Chatwin's The Songlines (1987) will be shown as working within similar narrative structures. Chatwin is inspired by an Aboriginal world-view, mirrored in his use of an analogical style and language that imitates and evokes the rhythms of oral narrative. In both The Songlines and "Murgah Murrui" the expression of a partnership, life-enhancing and cooperative mode is an ancient instrument of wisdom, unveiling the immutable and sacred truths of the universe.' Source: Antonella Riem Natale.

The Pleiades and the Dreamtime : An Aboriginal Women's Story and Other Ancient World Traditions Antonella Riem Natale , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coolabah , no. 9 2012;
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