Maningrida Arts and Culture

Namorrorddo (a profane spirit) by Ruth Bindeidbal

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Namorrorddo is a profane spirit sometimes called a 'bad angel' in Aboriginal English. The Namorrorddo is a yirridjdja moiety being associated with Yabbadurruwa regional cult ceremony.

Namorrorddo sits upon a rock and is usually painted with long claw like hands and feet. Sometimes spurs protrude from the elbows somewhat like those of a flying fox. Namorrorddo carries light, which emanates from his head. The shooting stars seen at night are Namorrorddo travelling across the night sky. 

Maningrida comes from the Ndjébbana phrase mane djang karrirra, meaning ‘the place where the totemic ancestors transformed.’ The community is located in Central Arnhem Land, a region defined by linguistic and cultural diversity, home to twelve language groups, 110 clans and 32 outstations or homelands. 

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Title: Namorrorddo (a profane spirit) 
Artist: Ruth Bindeidbal
Medium:  Stringybark (Eucalyptus Tetradonta) with Ochre Pigment and PVA Fixative
Dimensions (cm): 101.5 x 4.5cm
Catalogue Number: 1826-19

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