"This one is called 'Initiation' or 'Bora Ring' and what you have here, is the green, rainforest or green grass; you can see it’s a good season obviously. And beside the creek you have Bagijial the freshwater turtle with his little web feet and you have the song lines, the maps or the footprints moving around the land. Then you can see… [the people sitting in the circles] …represent the elders, you’ll see that there’s no coolamons, no digging sticks as the women have, these are a group of elders sitting around the camp fire all facing each other because it’s important to look at each other and each other’s eyes when you’re talking.
And so the elders are coming together, and what it is with initiation, usually when young boys hit puberty at about 12-13 or 14 years of age, they start their initiation journey within 73% of our cultural structure with circumcision. Not unlike the Jewish structure, theirs is at 8 days of age as a baby – ours was at puberty.
So the young boys have moved in to the small circle on the Bora Ring and up the other end the other end you’ll see they’ll have traditionally, three of their Uncles laying on the ground with their bodies painted with the artwork of their totem and the young boys will dance up to their Uncles and hence you’ll see the Boomerangs – they’re the clapping Boomerangs for dance, for music as they dance and migrate up to their Uncles and they’re laid on the backs of their Uncles and that’s where the circumcision takes place.
And so the groups of elders are all witnessing that they are now at the first stages of becoming a warrior. Now warriors were not fully warriors until they reached thirty years of age. These boys are at puberty – 12,13,14 years of age so they had a whole learning pattern of hunting, weapon making, weather reading, bush medicine, law, art, the whole structure and so this is the first start in to manhood through the Bora Ring to become a young warrior."
- Uncle Colin Jones
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