COVID-19 (Video No.17) No Microscopes Before.

Djiniyini goes on to ask what social distancing is for. Richard says it’s to stop the spread of Covid-19. Djiniyini explains how goŋ-wukundi law was for the same reason – to stop the spread of disease. They discuss the reasons why this was in place with the law given to Yolngu by the Great Creator Wanga. This was necessary before the development of microscopes and people knew the reason why social avoidance occurred around the control of disease and sickness.

Djiniyini asks to discuss the use of the word warrakan (animal, birds, meat) when referring to live disease agents like bacteria and viruses. (Background: 20 years ago Djiniyini and Richard first began teaching germ theory with Yolngu, using microscopes and live samples. The term buwayak (invisible) warrakan was used to name bacteria so Yolngu would understand bacteria and viruses are a living disease agent that can multiply and cause problems in the body.)