Academic journal article Rock Art Research

A Rare 'Wanjina' Cloud?

Academic journal article Rock Art Research

A Rare 'Wanjina' Cloud?

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The connection between clouds and Wanjinas has long been known to anthropologists and rock art researchers. Kim Akerman's (2016) comprehensive account of Wanjina research draws together the numerous references to this topic, including W. Arndt's 1964 paper in which he drew attention to the similarity of form between Wanjina figures and the shape of cumulo-nimbus clouds. However, there is another type of cloud that must have been seen on occasion by Kimberley Aborigines, and which undoubtedly would have been regarded by them as manifestations of Wanjina beings. This is the type known as a 'horseshoe-vortex cloud', a very rare cloud formation originating from within regions of rotating air caused by a swift updraft coming in contact with horizontal winds. When this happens a horizontal vortex is formed, sometimes leading to a short-lived horseshoeshaped cloud or clouds, as seen here. …

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