Narelle Moreno

Narelle Moreno

Posted on 08/09/2013

Photo taken on November 14, 2005

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Tibrogargan's Wrath - Storm Clouds Over Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland, Australia

Tibrogargan's Wrath - Storm Clouds Over Glasshouse Mountains, Queensland, Australia
The Glasshouse Mountains are actually the remaining core (plug) of eroded volcanic mountains thought to be over 25 million years old.

The Aboriginal dreaming legend of the Glasshouse Mountains - Tibrogargan, the father, and Beerwah,the mother, had a number of children of whom Coonowrin was the eldest, Tunbubudla were the twins, and then there were Coochin, Ngungun, Tibberoowuccum, Miketeebumulgrai and Elimbah.

According to legend, Tibrogargan noticed that the sea was rising and called out to Coonowrin to help his pregnant mother gather the young children together so that the family could flee from the rising sea. Coonowrin ran away in fear and Tibrogargan, angered by his son's cowardly act, followed and hit him so hard with a club that his neck was dislocated (thus the alternative name of Crooked Neck). Once the seas retreated the family returned to the plains. Conowrin, teased about his crooked neck and ashamed of his behaviour, went to Tibrogargan and asked for forgiveness but the father just wept with shame. Conowrin then approached his brothers and sisters to ask forgiveness but they too could only weep with shame, thus explaining the area's many small streams.

Tibrogargan then called Conowrin and asked why he had failed to help Beerwah. He explained that he felt she was big enough to look after herself, though he did not know she was pregnant. Tibrogargan then turned his back on his son and still gazes out to sea today, refusing to look at his son who forever hangs his crooked neck and cries. Beerwah, the mother, is still pregnant, as mountain birthing takes a long time.