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Legends from the Yowie Mountains


Legends from the Yowie Mountains

They are in fact called the Glass House Mountains and are a series of thirteen majestic volcanic peaks in southeastern Queensland. But the giant faces appearing on them and attributed to giant characters from the dream time closely resemble Yowies, with a conical head. Tibrogargan was the father and Beerwah was the mother of all the other Glass House Mountains. The legend talks about a flood, which the geologist date at 20,000 years ago. That’s when the giants turned to stone. There are various legends fro different tribes about them. Here is one version:

Glass House Mountains

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(It’s just a couple hours from where I am, but since parks are closed, I googled photos.)

Face on Mt Beerwah

Face on Mt Tibrogargan
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The Aboriginal Legend of Glass House Mountains 
It  is  said  that Tibrogargan,  the  father,  and  Beerwah,  the  mother,  had  many  children.  Coonowrin  the  eldest,  Beerburrum,  the Tunbubudla  twins,  the  Coochin twins,  Ngungun,  Tibberoowuccum,  Miketebumulgrai,  and  Saddleback.  There  was  Round  who  was  fat  and  small  and  Wildhorse  who  was  always  paddling  in the sea.  
One  day,  Tibrogargan  was  gazing  out  to  sea  and  noticed  a  great  rising  of  the  waters.  Hurrying  off  to  gather  his  younger  children,  in  order  to  flee  to  the safety of the mountains in the west, he called out to Coonowrin to help his mother Beerwah, who was again with child.  Looking  back  to  see  how  Coonowrin  was  assisting  Beerwah,  Tibrogargan  was  greatly  angered  to  see  him  running  off  alone.  
He  pursued  Coonowrin  and, raising his club, struck the latter such a mighty blow that it dislodged Coonowrin’s neck, and he has never been able to straighten it since.  When  the  floods  had  subsided  and  the  family  returned  to  the  plains,  the  other  children  teased  Coonowrin  about  his  crooked  neck.  Feeling  ashamed, Coonowrin  went  over  to  Tibrogargan  and  asked  for  his  forgiveness,  but  filled  with  shame  at  his  son’s  cowardice,  Tibrogargan  could  do  nothing  but  weep copious  tears,  which,  trickling  along  the  ground,  formed  a  stream  that  flowed  into  the  sea.  
Then  Coonowrin  went  to  his  brothers  and  sisters,  but  they  also wept  at  the  shame  of  their  brother’s  cowardice.  The  lamentations  of  Coonowrin’s  parents  and  of  his  brothers  and  sisters  at  his  disgrace  explain  the presence of the numerous small streams of the area.  Tibrogargan  then  called  to  Coonowrin,  asking  him  why  he  had  deserted  his  mother.  Coonowrin  replied  that  as  Beerwah  was  the  biggest  of  them  all  she should  be  able  to  take  care  of  herself.  He  did  not  know  that  she  was  again  pregnant,  which  was  the  reason  for  her  great  size.  Then  Tibrogargan  turned  his back on his son and vowed that he would never look at him again.
Mt Beerwah from various angles
Panoramic views of the Glass House Mountains, with Tibrogargan, Beerwah and Coonowrin.
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8 thoughts on “Legends from the Yowie Mountains”

  1. Thank you for this incredible share – im so intrigued by this lore and mystery – i just love it when my heart and soul are piqued like this!!!!

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