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In Yolngu culture, Baralku (or Bralgu) is the island of the dead and the place where the Djanggawul originated.[1] It is said to lie to the east of Arnhem Land, and is where the Barnumbirr creator-spirit (who is identified as Venus) came from (see Aboriginal Astronomy) as she guided the Djanggawul sisters. Barnumbirr is also said to live on the island[2] and rises into the sky as Venus.


  1. ^ Ronald M. Berndt (2004). Djanggawul: An Aboriginal Religious Cult of North-Eastern Arnhem Land. Routledge. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-415-33022-0.
  2. ^ Raymond Haynes; David Malin; Richard McGee (1996). Explorers of the Southern Sky: A History of Australian Astronomy. Cambridge University Press. p. 14. ISBN 978-0-521-36575-8.