However, with the news of the devastating floods in Queensland, and now in Victoria and NSW in my thoughts, I couldn’t get the image of green frogs and the Aboriginal story of Tiddalik out of my mind. The tale of "Tiddalik the Frog" is a legend from the Dreamtime mythology of the Indigenous Australians. In the legend, Tiddalik awoke one morning with an unquenchable thirst, and began to drink until all the fresh water was greedily consumed. Creatures and plant life everywhere began to die due to lack of moisture. Other animals conspired against Tiddalik, and devised a plan for him to release all of the water he had consumed. This was successfully coordinated by a wise old Wombat, when Nabunum the eel made Tiddalik laugh when he tied himself in comical shapes. As Tiddalik laughed, the water rushed out of him to replenish the lakes, swamps and rivers. (from Wikipedia)
It all came together quickly – some green layered “pizza” fabric I made last week and a few drawings later these three little dolls came to life.
In China the Frog is an emblem of Yin energy and thought of as good luck. Feng Shui practices recommend putting an image of a Frog in the east window of your home to encourage child birth and/or happy family life. Frogs are also good luck symbols in Japan - especially for travellers. Images or charms were worn during long voyages to assure safety (particularly across water). As a Celtic symbol, the Frog was deemed lord over all the earth, and the Celts believed it represented curative or healing powers because of its connection with water and cleansing rains
One animal symbolism source says "Call upon the energy of the frog when you need to easily swim through some tough life-transitions"... To all those affected in floods not only here in Australia but also in other countries, may the transition from disaster to happier times be easier than ever imaginable and anticipated.