Northern Territory - Uluru
Uluru (Ayers Rock)
Photos head toward Uluru and then around it clockwise.
The road in to the rock. It appears that the white stripe running down the ridge is the path that was used until climbing was banned in 2019 out of respect to the Anangu people who have worshipped this rock as sacred since long before Europeans descrated the land.
Starting around to the worn path of the climbing route. The reason the Anangu are disrespected by climbers is that the significance of Uluru is that by tradition, it was here when the world was formed, and the ancestors of the Anangu at that time climbed it to commemorate their arrival. A devil dingo is believed to live at the top. I wouldn't want to risk it.
In Anangu tradition, many natural features of Uluru have a legend associated, like a god crying or blood from a sacrifice or kill. I believe the black stripe in the penultimate photo is one of the more significant ones, but the cultural centre is the best place to learn about them.
The road pulls away and I bid farewell to this magical rock that just might make you believe the devil dingo watches over us all.
Head out from Uluru to Lasseter Hwy.
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