The Dreamtime Legend of the Three Sisters and Petrification in Ancient Mythology

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The Dreamtime Legend of the Three Sisters and Petrification in Ancient Mythology

The Dreamtime Legend of the Three Sisters and Petrification in Ancient Mythology

There is an unusual rock formation in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, Australia, on the north escarpment of the Jamison Valley. The three rocks stand close to the town of Katoomba and are one of the Blue Mountains’ best known sites, each towering above 900 meter (nearly 3000 foot) -heights. These three rocks, known as “the Three Sisters” seem to capture the sunlight and remain full of colors throughout the day. Even at night time, they look golden against the backdrop of the dark sky.

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, NSW Australia

The Three Sisters, Blue Mountains, NSW Australia (Flickr/CC BY-ND 2.0)

The Three Sisters is recognized as a site of special cultural, social and historic significance to the Aboriginal community of the Gundungurra, Wiradjuri, Tharawal and Darug tribes. Considered a mythical place, the area down into the valley below the three rocks was used as a ceremonial space and the legend of how the Three Sisters came to be became one of the first popular legends that attracted visitors’ imaginations.


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