Willy -- photo by Ruby W.
Didja ever hear the expression, "it gives me the willies?" Willies are scaring things:
A.K.A. Dust Devil: The Australian "willy-willy" or "whirly-whirly" is thought to derive from Yindjibarndi or a neighboring language. In Aboriginal myths, willy willies represent spirit forms. They are often quite scary spirits, and parents may warn their children that if they misbehave, a spirit will emerge from the spinning vortex of dirt and chastise them. There is a story of the origin of the Brolga where a bad spirit descends from the sky and captures the young being and abducts her by taking the form of a willy-willy.
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