|“||The creator god and sky father in the Dreaming of several Aboriginal Australian peoples of south-eastern Australia, such as the Wonnarua, Kamilaroi, Eora, Darkinjung, and Wiradjuri peoples.||„|
|— Carl Black|
Baiame was the creator god and Sky Father in the dreaming of Australian Aboriginal mythology.
He is said to be married to Birrahgnooloo, who is often identified as an emu, and with whom he has a son Daramulum. It was forbidden to mention or talk about the name of Baiame publicly. Women were not allowed to see drawings of Baiame nor approach Baiame sites—which are often male initiation sites.
Baiame is often depicted as a human figure with a large head-dress or hairstyle, with lines of footsteps nearby, he is always painted in front view. Baiame is often shown with internal decorations such as waistbands, vertical lines running down the body, bands and dots.
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Baiame came down from the sky to the land and created rivers, mountains, and forests. He then gave the people their laws of life, traditions, songs, and culture. He also created the first initiation site. This is known as a bora; a place where boys were initiated into manhood. When he had finished, he returned to the sky and people called him the Sky Hero or All Father or Sky Father.