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Bat and the Boomerang by melanippos Bat and the Boomerang by melanippos
Third of five in a series based on folktales involving bats.

Aboriginal Australian myth (from an eastcoast tribe, will amend when i have my notes to hand) that follows on from a fable about the battle between beasts and birds, where the bat kept changing sides.
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Ashamed of it's indecision during the battle of the beasts and birds Bat fled off into the darkness.
The sun god was angered by the fighting and turned his face away, enveloping the world in darkness.
Of all the animals only Owl and Bat were comfortable with the change to the world.
The birds and animals went to Owl first to ask for help but the bird refused (he is noted as being a "Wicked" creature in the version I read).
Bat, however, was eager to make amends for his earlier treachery so he agreed to help the birds and animals.
Taking up his boomerang he threw it at the horizon as hard as he could.
The animals jeered at him, saying "This is not a throwing competition. We asked for you to help bring back the sun."
Bat said nothing but threw his boomerang again, harder, and a third time, as hard as he could. The boomerang split the sky into night and day.
Bat explained that he was happy to bring back the sun but wanted to keep some of the darkness for his own children. This is why there is night and day.
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
Aw! That's a sweet story. Although I love owls, so I object to them being considered evil, lol. (I think that's fairly common though - probably a product of the natural fear humans have of silent things in the night.)

Anyway, *love* the colors of the background with the sun starting to come back again. And the bat is just too adorable with that fantastic boomerang. :D Making a bat stand up like that must have been tricky, but you pulled it off beautifully!
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melanippos Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
He's not "standing up" ^_^ Look again.
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ReplicantAngel Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
LOL. Oh! Well, that just makes it even more adorable. :D
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tarkheki Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
That legend makes me think that the author of Silvering had drawn quite a bit upon it for his series. Then again, the theme of the story is also a common one... either way, your depiction of the story is so refreshing. I love how your style incorporates an abstract edge to your image, while merging a realistic on as well. You handle the abstract shapes so well that they really convey the content of separation, and yet a lively flowing movement as well. :heart:
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melanippos Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Professional General Artist
The bat in the ball game of birds and animals is being painted currently. I've one more to go after that. I'm dithering over which to do. The fable Bat and the two Weasels has current favour - though I wish I could find a japanese or chinese fable.
Or one where I can do an entire night sky.
Do you know anyone who might share that "Owl's beautiful ugly child" tale? Im so curious about it now ^_^
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tarkheki Featured By Owner May 6, 2010
No... in the Aboriginal tradition, stories are passed orally- the only ones who know the story will only pass it orally. The Elders are adamant that way. I couldn't learn about the Jingle Dress or the Fire Keeping because I had to work reception on the same days the Elders were teaching it.. even when I asked if someone could take note, the answer was the same: you can't take notes, you can't record it- you have to be in attendance. Had to respect their cultural traditions. :)
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melanippos Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Professional General Artist
Fair nuff. I do hope to hear it one day. I've at least another forty years of active life to travel and learn ^_^

Meanwhile I found another bat story you might not have heard:
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That bats are made of scrap shoe leather.
I got in touch with the person from The Museum to get the storyteller's name for my references, this one was related by a Mary Johns of a Muskogee Creek community.
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tarkheki Featured By Owner May 7, 2010
That story is interesting, and the Muskogee are actually farther up north to where we are- a different band entirely. If you got the ref, then I am assuming it is legit... the Museums would know such things. XD

I always tell people to come and see Canada! It's a VERY large country with many places and people to see. The landscape alone is worth it! But when you meet the people.. it's a HOLE other ball game! And we love having visitors. XD
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melanippos Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Professional General Artist
I imagine it's a bit like Australia -
you have a lot of space with a smaller population spread across it in concentrated pockets.
I'll get to Canada some day, I have friends in Texas poking me to visit again - When you travel all the way out from Australia then distance becomes a bit of moot point.
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