Mimi and Mongerrd Story by Janet Marawarr

Mimi and Mongerrd Story

This story is about the two mimi brothers and mongerrd, at Kabari homeland in the rock country. A long time ago, the mimi were staying in the rock country. Mimi are tall, dark and very skinny spirits that live inside caves. “One day, a group of mimi were sitting around the fire. Two mimi brothers decided to go looking for sugar bag in the bush. The older brother was very upset with his younger sibling, because he knew the brother had been playing around with his wife, and he encouraged him to come look for sugar bag with him. The brothers found the native sugar bag, sweet like honey, in the middle of a hollow tree and so the oldest brother cut tree down by chopping at both sides. The tree fell and he started to lick up that sugar. He told his little brother to lick some sugar bag too. The little brother was licking sugar bag when the older brother raised the stone axe behind his back bought it down right on his neck. That axe cut his head clean off and he died instantly. The guilty older brother then ran back to camp. Their mother saw the brother returning to camp alone. She asked, ‘Where is your little brother?’ He replied, ‘ I left him back there. He was eating the sugar bag’. The mother waited and waited, but the son did not return. She cried ‘Nangayeng nangeyeng galabarra djidjingdok’ (my son, my son, where have you gone?’ The guilty big brother heard her singing and ran away into the bush. There was bad feeling at the camp, and so the mimi family packed up to leave the site. As they were walking they could hear more singing, and they were so frightened. He sung, ”mongerrd mongerrd mandjulah buwani buh” (Mongerrd is looking for the lost man). Mongerrd, a big giant dangerous spirit stepped out of his cave, and the mimi were terrified. The mimi stayed dead still, because if they moved the Mongerrd would kill them with him miyarrdul (bommy-knocker). The mimi family started running quickly, jumped and changed into birds and hid underneath leaves. Mongerrd kept searching for them, passing them not realising they were hiding underneath leaves in the shape of birds. When he had walked straight passed them, they morphed back into themselves, and speared him in the back, killing Mongerrd and he fell to the ground.”