Yingapungapu

$450

The Ancestral origins of the Manggalili funeral ceremony are the subject of this painting. The central canoe shape is a Yingapungapu ceremonial ground. Manggalili people, and three other Yirritja clans, make a sand sculpture of this kind around the body of the deceased during funeral ceremonies. The Yingapungapu isolates the body, and people polluted by,close association with it, from the rest of the community: the decay is contained in the Yingapungapu. Many of the themes in the painting relate to death and decay. Flesh decomposes, maggots, sand crabs and birds eat the flesh, and the tide washes away all trace, the Yambirrku, (fish skeleton), is also represented. 

40×22cm | Cat. no: 18-727