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Yawkyawks are figures in Aboriginal Australian folklore. They are spirits that reside in freshwater rivers and streams, and they generally resemble women with fish tails. They are associated with fertility, and even just approaching their watering holes can make one pregnant.
Less common depictions might show yawkyawks with crocodile or snake body parts rather than fish.
Yawkyawks are sometimes connected to the rainbow serpent Ngalyod, although the exact nature of the relationship varies. He can act as a father figure, a lover, or even another form of a yawkyawk.
Anthropological information Edit
Yawkyawks are a relatively new way to depict ancestral beings that have long existed in Aboriginal Australian folklore. They are one kind of ancient spirits that created the land, plants, and animals and now live in sacred watering holes.
'Yawkyawk' is a word from the Kunwinjku/Kunwok language meaning 'young woman' or 'young woman spirit being'.