This Dreaming belongs to Warlukurlangu country to the south-west of Yuendumu Community in Central Australia. The Jampijinpa & Jangala men and the Nampijinpa & Nangala women have custodial responsibility for this Dreaming. An old man "Lungkurda" (Centralian Blue-Tongued Lizard) of the Jampijinpa skin group lived on a hill with his two Jangala sons. The old man would feign blindness and send the two boys hunting in search of meat. While they were gone he would hunt and eat anything that he caught before they returned. One day his sons returned with a Kangaroo that they caught after much tracking. Unfortunately the Kangaroo was sacred to the Lungkurda, unbeknown to the boys. In his anger the old man decided to punish his sons and the next time they went out he put his fire stick to the ground and sent a huge bush fire after them which chased them for many miles, at times propelling them through the air. Although the boys beat out the flames Lungkurda's special magic kept the fire alive and it reappeared out of his blue-tongue lizard hole. Exhausted the boys were finally overcome by the flames.
In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, particular sites and other elements. Usually sites that are depicted in paintings of this Jukurrpa include Warlukurlangu (a men's cave), Kirrkirrmanu (where the sacred Kangaroo was killed), Wayililinypa (where the fire killed the two Jangala sons) and Marnimarnu (a water soakage) where the two Jangala sons camped.
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