The corridor of stone Nabilil’s water flows are the track of Bolung, also known as the Rainbow Serpent.
Bolung rests in the deep water at the second gorge at Nitmiluk. The spirit being is an important life giving figure but may also act as a destroyer. Bolung can take the form of lighting and may bring monsoonal floods.
Unlike other Jawoyn Dreaming figures which may be addressed for assistance in hunt-ing and foraging, such as Barraya (the Kookaburra), Bolung must not be spoken to and must be left undisturbed.
Our people do not fish in the pools where Bolung sits. When fishing close to these pools, we can take only a small portion of the fish caught and throw-back the rest in order to appease Bolung.
Drinking water must not be taken from these deep pools but rather from the shallow associated waters. Pregnant women and new initiates may not swim in the Katherine River for fear of disturbing Bolung.