• This one has a few meanings!

     

    Initially a representation of the stereotype of the naive pisces, being easily hooked and hastily attracted to superficial charm before realising the dangers ahead.

     

    However, I then also remembered a Dreamtime story I was taught in primary school; a story about Thukeri (bream) that belongs to the Ngarrindjeri people. The story is a moral lesson about dishonesty and greed.

     

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    Two men set off in their bark canoe to go fishing on Lake Alexandrina. They found a good sheltered spot among some high reeds. As the day went on the two men sat there catching more and more fat, juicy Thukeri. They caught so many fish, but the canoe was almost full and looked like it would sink.

     

    As they paddled in closer to shore, they could see a stranger in the distance.  The two men looked at each other; what if this stranger wanted some of their beautiful, juicy Thukeri? They were greedy and decided not to share with the stranger.  When the stranger came up to the two men he said, ‘Hello, brothers. I haven’t eaten anything at all today. Could you spare me a couple of fish?’

     

    The two men looked at each other and at the mats hiding the Thukeri - ‘I’m sorry, friend, but we caught only a few fish today and we have to take them home for our wives and children and the old people, because they are depending on us. So, you see, we can’t give you any.’

     

    The stranger stood there for a long while and then started to walk away. He stopped, turned around and stared at them. ‘You lied,’ he said. ‘I know that you have plenty of fish in your canoe. Because you are so greedy, you will never be able to enjoy those Thukeri ever again.’

     

    They shrugged their shoulders, then quickly took off the mats and began to gut the fish. But as they did this, they found that these beautiful silver Thukeri were so full of sharp, thin bones that they couldn’t eat them. When they got home, they told their families what had happened. The old people told them that the stranger was really the Great Spirit called Ngurunderi. Now all the Ngarrindjeri people would be punished for ever, because the two men were so greedy.

     

    Summarised from https://dreamtime.net.au/thukeri/

     

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