Janmarda or Bush Onions are small bulbs found in the soft soil on the banks of sandy creeks. One of the main sites for this Dreaming is Purrupurru near Wakurlpa to the north of Yuendumu in Central Australia. The custodians of that site and story are the Napaljarri and Nungarrayi women and the Japaljarri and Jungarrayi men.
The women were collecting and cooking Janmarda when they saw an old Jungarrayi called Warungurla who had been travelling from the west. He was hiding in the bushes watching the womenand wanting to make love to them. He had an enormous ngirnti (penis) that was long like a hose and that entered the ground and came up near to the women. They were frightened of him and tried to hide. When they saw his ngirnti they beat it with their Karlungu - killing the old Jungarrayi, who can still be seen today in the form of a large stone figure at Purrupurru.
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