Jajirdikirli : The Spotted Cat single work   prose   dreaming story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1994 1994
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'The spotted cat is a culture hero who rescues the inhabitants of a large area from the depradations of a man-eating giant, a feat resembling others in myth, for example George and the dragon, Beowulf and Grendel or Odysseus and the cyclops.'

(Source: Warlpiri Dreamings and Histories, p. 21)


  • 'Translator's note :

    The story of the Jajirdi or spotted cat as told by Molly Napurrurla is one of the most dramatic and exciting of Warpiri narratives. It is also told in a most dramatic and vivid way. Much of the speaker's skill and passion in this style of narration is expressed in the acting out of what happens, in the different speaking voices the narrator imitates, and in the energy and emphasis of the narrator's voice in describing what is happening.'

    (Source: Warlpiri Dreamings and Histories, pp. 19, 21)

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