Friday, January 11, 2008

DATELINE: Alice Springs, Australia                                                    

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Author: Andy

The native tribe of the area around Uluru (Ayer's Rock) considers it sacred ground. Every male member of the tribe climbs it exactly once, at his passage to manhood. Needless to say, they are not thrilled when a bus full of tourists show up and climb it all morning.

A sign in front of the path to climb the rock says:

"Listen! If you get hurt, or die, your mother, father and family will really cry and we will be really sad too. So think about that and stay on the ground."

- Barbara Tjikatu, Traditional Owner

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