Paddy FordhamLightning Men
Namarrgon is the Lightning Man.
His body is shaped like a praying-mantis.
He makes lightning flashes with his lightning rods that go around his body from his ears to his genitals. This is Namarrgon’s power source to light up the clouds and the sky.
Namarrgon has axes on his shoulders and his knees. When he comes to earth as a lightning strike, he uses the axes to split trees.
We can hear Namarrgon’s thunder from late October. That’s when he tells Aboriginal people that bush tucker like red apple, green plum and black plum is ready to collect to eat. This is the start of the ‘build-up’ season.
Namarrgon stays from late October and gets stronger through the wet season. In January and February we see him strike trees and split them with his axes. He goes away in early March.
When we hear the last thunder roar, that’s when Namarrgon is saying, “Bo bo, I’m going away, and I’ll see you mob next year.”
Paddys works are part of many well known collections and can be seen in the Darwin and Canberra museums.
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Title: 3 Mimis Lightning Man
Size: 1500 x 1000
Medium: Acrylic on Linen