What is Yura Mudha?

What is Yura Mudha?

The term Mudha is our Ancient Mityi (name) that means and applies to ALL, both ancient and modern, laws, traditions, customs, culture, identity, language, art, stories, songs, dance, land, philosophy, kinship relationships to people and all living things etc.

Our Mudha governs and defines our way of life and our intimate close relationships with other people and things eg. Family, Yarta, Awi (water), Animals, Birds, Reptiles, Insects, Plants and Trees etc.

Our Mudha is defined through our Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini Kinship Relationships.

Our Mudha is as relevant and applicable to us ALL Today, as it was Yesterday to Our Ararru Mathari Yura Wardu-mathanha (Ancestors), and it will be just as relevant and applicable Tomorrow for ALL future Adnyamathanha Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini to come.

If our Mudha is not relevant and applicable Today then we ALL may as well give up ALL our Mudha, stop calling ourselves Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini and ALL begin calling ourselves Utynu (corpse, Europeans – sounds like wood-new) and become like them – Dead as Corpses to OUR Mudha and Yura Yarta.

Photo:
Fred McKenzie Snr – One of the Last Ceremonial Leaders of the Adnyamathanha Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini –
my Great-Grandfather
Some Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini believe that our Mudha ended when the last Sacred Male Ceremonies was closed, and that the WHOLE of the Mudha was also then buried into the Yarta by my Great-Grandfather, Fred McKenzie Snr, one of the last of two Adnyamathanha Sacred Ceremonial Leaders, and that from then on, because he had buried and stopped the Sacred Ceremonies, ALL Adnyamathanha Yura were then to give up ALL their Mudha and then live and become like the Utynu.

This is wrong to think this way!…because:

My Great-Grandfather only buried the Sacred Law and it’s associated Sacred Objects and Implements part of the Mudha back into the Yarta, He did not bury any part of Our our Non-Sacred parts of Our Mudha. 

 

(By the way – Just To Let You ALL Know Where I Stand In Regards To Our Sacred Laws, I SAY THIS:

OUR SACRED LAW AND CEREMONIES ARE NEVER TO BE RE-RAISED OR PRACTICED EVER AGAIN ON OUR YURA YARTA BY EITHER ANYONE OF THIS GENERATION OR ANY FUTURE GENERATION – ANY ONE WHO MAY ATTEMPT TO DO SUCH A THING, OR TRY TO BRING ONTO OUR YURA YARTA ANY LAWS FROM OTHER PARTS OF ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA, WILL BRING A GREAT SICKNESS UPON THEMSELVES, THEIR PEOPLES AND ALL OTHER ARARRU MATHARI YURA NGAKINI – PLUS – IF EVER I HEARD THAT SOMEONE WAS RERAISING OUR SACRED LAWS AND CEREMONIES IN MY LIFE TIME – I WILL FIGHT THEM UNTIL EITHER I LAY BEATEN OR THEY LAY BEATEN UPON THE YURA YARTA, THEN I WILL GET UP AGAIN FROM OUR YURA YARTA AND FIGHT THEM AGAIN AND AGAIN, UNTIL MY LAST BREATH IS TAKEN AND MY BLOOD SPILLS INTO OUR YURA YARTA, SO THAT I CAN THEN FIGHT THEM, ALONGSIDE ALL OUR WARDU-MATHANHA, IN SPIRIT AS WELL…OUR SACRED LAWS WAS A HIGHER LAW AND TO EVER RERAISE IT AGAIN ONTO THE YARTA WE WILL SHOW DISRESPECT AND DISHONOUR TO OUR ELDER ARARRU MATHARI YURA WARDU-MATHANHA NGANKINI.)

Mudha is not the Ancient Mityi we use for our Sacred Ceremonies. Whilst some believe we have only have one Mityi (name) for our Sacred Ceremonies, and it is the Mityi – Malkada – in actual fact we have several Mityi that mean Sacred Ceremonies e.g Imini (sacred as in ceremonies) and Uri Mut-andha just to name two others.

Mudha is not the Ancient Mityi for our Sacred Ceremonies it is the name for our Commen Non-Sacred Way of Life.

Do not get me wrong! Our Mudha incorporated and included our Sacred Ceremonies but when our Sacred Ceremonies were stopped and buried, it was only one part of a whole that was stopped and buried AND NOT ALL OF OUR MUDHA.

So it is wrong to use and apply the Mityi Mudha as the name for our Sacred Ceremonies.

Some of our Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini also often view and say that our Mudha is no longer relevant and applicable to us ALL Today because it is somthing that was in the past. They talk of our Mudha has if it was something placed and trapped it in a ‘past time bubble and no longer relevent or applicable to Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini living today because we now all live under Utnyu Law’.

This is Wrong!

The main reason why some of our Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini believe our Mudha it is ‘something that was in the past’, is because they often use and misinterpret the Mityi – Mudha – has meaning either ‘history’ or ‘dreaming, dreamtime’.

This is wrong for the following reasons:

Firstly, the ancient Yura Ngawarla Mityi that we have to explain what the Utynu call and refer to has the ‘dreaming or dreamtime’ is the Mityi – Nguthuna – meaning ‘the Ancient Time of the Ancestral Creation Spiritual Beings when they walked and moved through the Yarta”.

Secondly, we have many other Mityi that can be deifined as meaning ‘history’ or ‘something in the past’, for example:

Wardu (Waru) means ‘a long time ago, history’
Anga-angaru mean ‘far distant past’
Utu Yundu means ‘some time ago’ ( lit. ‘other Sun’)
Nundi Ambu means ‘that time’

Nutu means ‘history, legend’; and
Wibma meaning ‘history’
So the Mityi – Mudha – is not the Mityi for ‘history’ or ‘past’
Has I said in the beginning:

The term Mudha is our Ancient Mityi that means and applies to ALL, both ancient and modern, laws, traditions, customs, culture, identity, language, stories, songs, dance, land, philosophy, kinship relationships to people and all living things etc.

Our Mudha governs and defines our way of life and our intimate close relationships with other people and things eg. Family, Yarta, Awi (water), Animals, Birds, Reptiles, Insects, Plants and Trees etc.

This generation of Adnya-mathanha Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini have an obligation and responsibility to teach and pass on our Mudha to other, especially our Children and Young People, because if our Mudha ends and vanishes from our Yura Yarta then Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini will also end and vanish from our Yura Yarta.

 

 

Photo
My Adnyamathanha Mathari Yura Ngankini Mita (mate), Clifford (Vuki) Coulthard and I at the entrance sign to Nepabunna. Clifford and I are both the Eldest Sons so we both share the Yura Mityi (name) title Virdianha (Mother’s Helper) and we are also both the Eldest Grandsons of our Generation and so share the Mityi title Nhunga (Big Brother). Clifford and I are both Equal Opposites – he from the Mathari South Wind Mob and I from the Ararru Northwind Mob.
 
 
You Know What?

Today, whenever I speak to Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini, but especially Utynu I now always say and tell them this:

Our Mudha is still alive and practiced by many of our Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini today, and many of us are ensuring that our Mudha is passed onto our Future Generations – through talking, educating, sharing and writing about our Mudha with our Children and Future Descendants.

Our Mudha deifines us – our Identity, Our Culture, Our Beliefs, Our Interations with People and All living things.

Our Mudha is Our Way of Life.

When the Utnyu came to Our Yarta they tried to assimilate and absorb us into their Culture and Way of Life in order to try to take away Our unique Adnya-mathanha Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini identity and try to make Our Peoples vanish from our Yura Yarta – but they have not succeeded.

In fact, we Adnya-mathanha Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini have turned it right around on the Utnyi for, as it was always in the Ancient of Days, we have actually assimilated and incorporated them and many of the Ways into our Mudha – for they are now part of our Mudha, justv has we are part of Our Mudha.

The problem that remains is that the Utnyu still wish to resist and remain has we have named them – Corpses – who wish to remain in the grave rather than come and be assimilated and absorbed into Our Mudha, in the same manner has We have resisted from being assimiliated and absorbed into their Culture, although some Utnyu have come into our Mudha and demonstrate respect for it.

Whilst today we no longer have Our Ancient Sacred Ceremonies we still continue to have and follow our Ancient Mudha – this current Generation of Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini have merely updated it, just has Our children and Future Descendents will also continue to update it has new experiences, knowledge and technologies are absorbed into it.

Our Mudha is our Identity and without it we would not remain a unique enriched Peoples that stands out from other Australian Aboriginal People and the rest of the World Peoples.

Photo:
My Mathari Yura Ngankini Mita (opposite mate), Clifford (Vuki) Coulthard at Malki Rock Art Painting Site
Ararru Mathari Yura Ngankini ensure that you teach and pass on our Mudha to your Children and Future Descendants for this was the greatest fear of our Wardu-mathanha.

If we give up our Mudha then we Give Up on Our Wardu-mathanha, Our Children and our Future Descendants.

KEEP THE MUDHA STRONG, ALIVE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY KEEP PASSING IT ON TO YOUR CHILDREN AND FUTURE DESCENDANTS

Warntu?

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