Ronnie Tjampitjinpa

Tingari Cycles, 2011
Acrylic on Belgian linen
48 x 36 in
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The Tingari were a group of ancestral beings that emerged form the earth and conducted activities that led to the formation of the landscape and its inhabitants. The content of these ancient stories remains the exclusive knowledge of the initiated men. The Tingari Dreaming Stories are many and also tell of the Ancestral beings transformation into creatures such as Snakes, and also representing the natural elements of Fire and Water (rain). The Ginger are ancestral beings which can move on earth in the form of humans, plants or animals, these beings are responsible for creating the land was we know it today and its various geographical features. Stories of the Tingari Cycle, a secret song process which is sacred to all initiated Aboriginal men, are the central theme of the majority of Ronnie's paintings.