The three sisters Meehni, Wimlah, and Gunnedoo went out for a walk on a beautiful day and Meehni the oldest started snapping her fingers and shuffling her feet, while singing, “Do wah diddy diddy dum diddy do” and the other two joined in. Their father was a powerful witchdoctor named Tyawan who was the leader of the Katoomba tribe that lived in the Jamison Valley and he had his hands full with tribal affairs, as they were having problems with the neighboring Nepean tribe who would attack their village for no apparent reason and rape their women. Tyawan was a single father after his wife was raped and killed by some men from the Nepean tribe and there was nothing that could prepare him for the specific situations that would arise with his daughters over the years.
Tyawan wanted his daughters to be free and happy and to have fun without having to fear the neighboring tribe, but because many of the young men in his tribe had been killed in the last war against the Nepean tribe, he worried that they would have trouble finding husbands. The witchdoctor found a bunyip lurking in a shallow billabong waiting for its next meal and he was able to cast a spell over this most feared creature in the land. Tyawan had total control over the bunyip and he made the monster watch over his girls. The bunyip looked like a giant wombat, this marsupial was as big as a bear and many people believed that these creatures were extinct. The Outback was a scarry enough place on its own, but nobody in their right mind wanted to get close to a Bunyip, as it was thought to be an evil spirit or the devil himself.
The three sisters felt safe with the bunyip being their guardian, but the creature smelled like a rotting fish, so they would walk far ahead of it and sometimes they would try to ditch it. This particular day the girls had gotten away from the creature and stumbled upon three boys from the Nepean tribe bathing nude in a water hole. Meehni looked at her two younger sisters and said, “Doesn’t that look inviting? We should join them as this could be our only chance at getting husbands.” Meehni stripped her clothes off, but her sisters were shy and they just stood there. Meehni told Wimlah, and Gunnedoo that they had both reached puberty and that this is what they were supposed to do, so after a little more hesitation they took off all of their clothes to join their sister completely naked. They were all staring at each other till Meehni told her sisters how beautiful they looked, which made them feel better about their bodies and gave them the encouragement to be comfortable and confident enough to go down to meet the boys.
As the three naked sisters approached the water hole, the bunyip jumped out of the bushes and devoured the three boys. The boys turned out to be brothers and their father was also a powerful witchdoctor who took vengeance when he found out what happened, by transforming the three sisters into stone monuments. The three sisters had to be stoned and remain as the large rock formations for all eternity, never to be human again. The bunyip was never seen again.
Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie MM Photo Challenge #398, hosted by weejars aka Sarah where today she is using her own photo.