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The Legend of the Three Sisters

Updated on December 9, 2014
View of the Three Sisters
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Long ago in the Blue Mountains, three Aboriginal sisters; Meenhi, Wimlah and Gunnedoo lived with their father, a Witch doctor named Tyawan.

Only one creature was feared by all - he was the Bunyip. Tyawan who knew where he lived would leave his daughters on the cliff behind a rocky wall where they would be safe while he would collect food.

One day, waving goodbye to his daughters he descended the cliff steps. On the top of the cliff, a big centipede suddenly appeared and frightened Meenhi. She picked up a stone and threw it at him. The stone rolled away over the cliff and crashed into the valley below. The rocks behind the three sisters split open, leaving the sisters on a thin ledge.

There was a deep rumble from below and the angry Bunyip emerged from his sleep. He looked up to see who had rudely awakened him and there perched on the thin ledge he saw the sisters cowering in fear. Furiously he lurched towards them.

In the valley, Tyawan heard the cry and looked up to see that the Bunyip had almost reached his daughters. Frantically the Witch Doctor pointed his magic bone at the girls and turned them into stone. They would be safe there until the Bunyip was gone and then Tyawan would return them to their former selves.

The Bunyip was even more angry when he saw what had happened and he turned on Tyawan and began to chase him. Running away, Tyawan found himself trapped against a rock which he could neither climb nor go around. He quickly changed into a Lyrebird and disappeared into a small cave. Everyone was safe but Tyawan had dropped his magic bone. The Bunyip returned angrily to his hole.

Tyawan crept out of the cave and searched for the bone, still seeking it today while the Three Sisters stand silently waiting, hoping he will find the bone and turn them back to their former selves.

We can see the Three Sisters today from Echo Point and in the valley we can hear Tyawan, the Lyrebird, calling them as he searches for his lost magic bone.

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      Shambhavi 7 years ago

      It's a great story .I have never heard such a story. WOW!

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      Kristle 7 years ago

      PART 2

      A story like that ought to make everyone amazed!

      I loved it and i would tell it to anyone and everyone!

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      Kristle 7 years ago

      WOW! Howw amazing! never knew that!

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      Roberto Luna 8 years ago

      Indeed it's a great story. We have in Mexico another legend very similar. I was preparing a lesson trying to make a connection among the two languages and I found The Legend of the Two Volcanoes. Read it, I'm sure you will like it a lot too.

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      gramarye 8 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

      Fantastic. I didn't know this story before. Thanks for sharing it.

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      stars439 8 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

      A very nice story with such imagination. God Bless You.

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      Lita C. Malicdem 8 years ago from Philippines

      I see you can't shake off our culture of loving legends. This is a nice one. Wish you do more.very interesting.

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      Gursharan 8 years ago

      how did the three sisters turned in stone by the witch doctor ?

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