Posted by: nancycurteman | February 13, 2010

Uluru and the Anangu Tribe

Uluru is the second largest monolith in the world. It is located in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, 350 km southwest of Alice Springs. Uluru is much more than a giant sandstone rock in the center of Australia’s Outback. It’s the sacred monolith of the Anangu people. Uluru means Earth Mother in their language. The Anangu believe the story of their origin is written on the rock—their dream tracks. The caves inside the rock are covered with Aboriginal paintings that date back more than 10,000 years.

Because it is sacred, the local indigenous community requests that visitors respect the sacred status of Uluru by not climbing the rock. Take heed because some believe that those who take rocks from the formation will be cursed and suffer misfortune. A better choice is to join both natives and tourists in the lovely modern-day tradition of sipping champagne while watching the rainbow of colors that transforms Uluru as the sun sets.

You can visit Uluru in my new novel set in Australia.

Other posts related to this topic:

Albert Namatijira: Aboriginal Painter
Aboriginal Pride: Topsy Smith and Walter Smith
Topsy Smith: Australian Pioneer Woman

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  1. What is the actual size of this landmark, Nancy? And can visitors see the paintings in the caves?

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  2. […] Aborigines: Aboriginal Pride: Topsy Smith and Walter Smith Topsy Smith: Australian Pioneer Woman Uluru and the Anangu Tribe Australia: The Mystery of the […]

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  3. […] the rock are covered with Aboriginal paintings that date back more than 10,000 years. Source: Global Mysteries Possibly related posts: (automatically generated)Friday Soother: Climbing mountains with John […]

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    • Thanks for the ping. I visited your site. Very interesting piece on the sacred mountains.

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