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Wandjina can be seen in the passing of the dry season to 'the wet' in the form of vast billowing white clouds. In the late afternoon the terrible rumbling of thunder and glow of lightning within the vast billowing clouds overhead are what top- enders get most excited about. It means that the long, hot build up of heat and humidity will break and once again the rain cycle will commence. In days when Aboriginal people were ruled by spirits of the land, the 'build up' was the source of ceremonial tribute, representing not only rebirth and growth, but also the cruelty of the storm and flood.