The WAGYL can grow angry and cause storms, thunder, lightning, and cyclones. They control life’s most precious resource: water. Some say the WAGYL is the creator of all things.
The Rainbow Serpent, or WAGYL, is a powerful symbol in the art and religion of Aboriginal Australia. The snake and the rainbow are seen as similar in shape, and they both suggest the cycle of the seasons and the importance of water in human life. When a rainbow is seen in the sky, it is said to be the Rainbow Serpent moving from one watering hole to the next. Streams, rivers, gullies, even mountain ridges are created by the WAGYL slithering across the landscape.
Stories about the Wagyl are passed down from generation to generation. Many Aboriginal artists are inspired by the mythology of the WAGYL. The Rainbow Serpent Festival is an annual music festival in Australia. We at OHM are inspired by the WAGYL too and we have them wrapping and slithering around your bracelet to remind you of all the precious gifts that fall from heaven to water and nourish your life. Sometimes storms will come; but the rainbow always shines through with hope, beauty, and the promise that life continues.