Ayers rock in mythology
According to the Australian native’s mythology the bodies of the ancestors transformed into hills, rock, caves, lakes and other characteristic landscape formations. Ayers rock is such a place. The paths, which the ancestors followed in dream time, connect the holy strength places as dream paths. In the process of the annual cycles the Aboriginal tribes undertook each year traditional migrations along the routes, they sang songs, telling of the myths of the dream time and giving guidance to each other for these journeys between the strength places. At holy places like Ayers rock, where the mythical creatures live, the natives to this very day different exercise rituals, in order to summon the Kurunba or the spirit of the strength place for the well-being of the tribe or the land.
Many people who visit Ayers rock, are tempted to try and climb the rock. This is a point of controversy between the Aborigines and the National Park Service, who administer the entire area of Uluru Kata Tjuta national park. There are marked trails, which lead straight over the Ayers rock’s summit and offer visitors a spectacular view. So far over 25 people died during the such a climb due to the weather conditions and the strains of the climb, which has lead the Aborigines to advise against climbing the rock.