Bullroarer is a musical, communication and warning device which is made of a thin wooden panel with a string to hold it.
Bullroarers have been used in initiation ceremonies and in burials to ward off evil spirits, bad tidings, and especially women and children. Bullroarers are considered secret men's business by some Aboriginal tribal groups, and hence forbidden for women, children, non-initiated men, or outsiders to even hear.
They are used in men's initiation ceremonies, and the sound they produce is considered in some indigenous cultures to represent the sound of the Rainbow Serpent. In the cultures of southeastern Australia, the sound of the bullroarer is the voice of Daramulan, and a successful bullroarer can only be made if it has been cut from a tree containing his spirit.
The bullroarer can also be used as a tool in Aboriginal art.
Bullroarers have sometimes been referred to as "wife-callers" by Australian Aborigines.
A bullroarer is used by Paul Hogan in the 1988 film Crocodile Dundee II. John
Antill included bullroarer sound in the orchestration of his ballet Corroboree.
In Karlangu Aboriginal Art entre yo can find authentic Bullroarer (Bull roarer)s crafted and decorated by Australian Aboriginal Artists from different Aboriginal tribes made ou of Australian native timbers with traditional Aboriginal stories carved, burnt or painted on them.
Click on the link below to see our range of bullroarer in the gallery:
Bullroarer in Karlangu Aboriginal Art Centre