For dear “Black Alan Barker” Moarywaalla Homage to the spiritual heart of Oz. Uluru “Raining on the Rock” A video from Dando’s last gig 1993 Whitefriars Monastry Coventry.
It is just one of one of the most famous sights in Australia, probably on the planet. In the Central Desert, a vast sandstone monolith climbs from a limitless flat plain, its red wall surfaces transforming shade with the shifting sunlight. Taller than the Eiffel Tower, older than the Himalayas, and also covering even more area than the entire nation of Monaco, it goes by the old name of Uluru. Today, it is one of the most sacred places in the entire globe. The historic home of the aboriginal Anangu people, Uluru developed some 300 million years earlier, at a time when even dinosaurs were barely a holy twinkle in God’s eye.
Uluru, also known as Ayers Rock, is a world-famous natural wonder located in the heart of Australia’s Red Centre. This colossal sandstone monolith has been a sacred site for indigenous Australians for thousands of years, and its cultural significance cannot be overstated. However, in recent years, there has been a growing controversy surrounding the act of climbing Uluru, with many people calling for it to be banned. For the Anangu people, the traditional owners of the land where Uluru is located, the rock is a significant part of their culture and spirituality. They believe that the rock was created by the activities of ancestral beings, who left behind evidence of their presence in the form of cave paintings, rock carvings, and other markings. The rock is considered a sacred site, and the Anangu people have long held ceremonies and rituals at its base. They believe that the rock is a gateway to the spiritual world and that it holds great power and energy. The is controversy surrounding climbing: Despite the rock’s cultural significance, climbing it has been allowed for many years. However, in recent years, there has been a growing movement calling for the practice to be banned.
Australia’s great landmark is returning to something like its natural state. But that doesn’t mean that nothing has changed. From a remote spot unknown to those descended from Europeans, to a place that tried to ban aboriginal peoples, Uluru’s recent history has been one of great tension. In the last few years, though, that tension seems to have melted away. As of 2019, Uluru is jointly managed by Anangu and non-aboriginals, a place Australians of all backgrounds are cooperating to preserve for future generations. It may be 300 million years old, but Uluru today is as powerful and as iconic as at any point in its history. When future generations visit Uluru hundreds of millennia from now, hopefully it is to see not a symbol of division, but one of endless cooperation..