Adventures in the Outback
Carrie, Julius, Michele and Glenn - the four intreped travelers at Uluru.
After another sizzlin’ bacon breakfast, we joined scores of people at Uluru, a.k.a. Ayers Rock, for a free guided tour. Unable to hear well, especially the soft voice and unfamiliar cadence of the Aboriginal ranger leading the tour, we soon started the 7-mile trek around the big rock on our own.
The Aboriginal people “read” the features of the rock like scripture, weaving stories that tell how to behave and interact with integrity.
There are different areas sacred to the native men and women, neither of which should be photographed, because the opposite gender is not privy to that knowledge and may not see those sites. (None of these areas appear on this page.) Stories must be told only in the context of the place they happened. The boys are separated from the women folk as they reach puberty and begin learning from the adult men of how to become men. Adult women teach girls about plants, medicine and food preparation, as well as how to choose a husband.