Australia, My Country: The Smoking Ceremony and Its Accursed Effects

25 November 2019

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Smoking ceremonies are not a harmless cultural practice, argues Aboriginal leader Rodney Rivers. Rather, they have dangerous spiritual origins and should be avoided.

As an indigenous Aboriginal from the Kimberley in North-West Australia, it is my duty to alert the public of the dangerous consequences and the curses they will unknowingly put on themselves, their families and others when they are coerced into the promotion and rise of Aboriginal religion. Few people know what the smoking ceremony does. It puts a curse on people, and the results are devastating.

An Animist Tradition

There are two sides to Aboriginal culture: the domestic and the religious. Hunting, cooking, family relationships, etc are part of the domestic side. The religious side involves ceremonies, rituals, spirit and idol worship, witchcraft, astral travelling, ancestral blood covenants, ‘singing’ people with curses to hurt or kill them.

Ceremonies and fetishes are used to seduce men or women into wrong relationships. Some men and women even have a relationship with spirit beings. It is also being picked up in astrology by non-Aboriginal people. This all brings people into bondage to the spirit world, because its foundation is animistic.

It involves ancestral spirits connected to stones, trees, animals and the natural world. The Aboriginal dreamtime is an evolution of aboriginal myths and stories connected with fear and superstition. I know because I, and thousands of other indigenous people, have come out of that background.

These spiritual forces affect all people, both religious and secular, indigenous and non-indigenous. Aboriginal religion, along with the New Age movement, is part of the smorgasbord of the occult world.

Diabolical Curses

Smoking ceremony at Jezzine Barracks opening, Townsville

I worked at Argyle Diamond mines for about ten years as an airport worker, then as supervisor in civil works, training officer and safety officer. I served as a mentor to the young indigenous workers at Argyle, and the General Manager consulted with me for advice about mine policy.

Every week when new workers arrive onsite, they are put through a smoking ceremony and water is sprinkled on them by people from the neighbouring Aboriginal community. It is a ceremony called ‘muntha’ to appease the supernatural generational spirits, so they will not harm the workers.

The dreamtime story at the Argyle diamond mine is based on women’s dreaming, known as ‘daiwool’, and a barramundi dreaming story. This smoking ceremony puts a curse on each person who goes through it and causes suicide, and family and marriage breakdown. Many go through divorce – even the last general manager and his wife. It isn’t caused by fly-in/fly-out tensions. Even the marriages of our own Aboriginal people in the area are affected – in communities and towns two hours away from the mine.

Door to the Demonic Realm

Last year a man who worked for Twiggy Forrest’s FMG mine in the Pilbara phoned me to ask if I would come to his house in Perth. He operated a Hyrail computerised vehicle that checks the railway lines for defects.

When I arrived at his house, I asked what his problem was. He said his daughter was hearing voices, the grandchildren couldn’t sleep at night and a spirit was coming into their house through locked doors. He felt an evil presence and his daughter screamed when she felt it come in.

I asked him where was his wife and he said, ‘Oh, we divorced’. Then I asked if they had put him through a Welcome to Country ceremony at the mine site.

When he said that they did, I told him that this was the problem, because that smoking ceremony opened the door to a demonic realm. I told him, “It gives demons legal access into your life, and puts a curse on you that you have brought back to your family.

I spent two days at his house removing the curse from his family, house and property; then, he felt peace in his home again.

Rio Tinto, BHP and other mining companies, as well as city contractors and developers are using these Aboriginal welcome-to-country smoking ceremonies. They need to realise that they are responsible for the results of these ceremonies, and may be liable to huge payouts for compensation. The ceremonies are also rife throughout our nation in every aspect of society.

I need to say that the western mind in general is totally ignorant, and has no concept of the supernatural, spirit world and its intervention and influence on everyday life. Modern-day psychology, science and medicine totally deny this.

Humanism and Mental Illness

What is humanism? Webster’s Dictionary describes humanism as “a doctrine, attitude, or way of life centred on human interest or values. A philosophy that asserts the dignity and worth of man and his capacity for self-realisation through reason that rejects supernaturalism.” Humanism is satanic in its origin. Relativism is on the rise in Australia and is a by-product of humanism.

Depression, bipolar, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, mental disorder, psychoses, hallucination, hearing voices, etc. are symptoms that come from a spiritual base. There is an important place for doctors and medicine, but there is also a very important place for divine healing.

Anti-depressant drugs mask the real issues, which are spiritual. They put a veneer over these problems and hide the real issues. You cannot solve spiritual problems using physical means — it won’t work.

Healing the Cursed Tree

It is no coincidence that a large 750-year-old boab tree called Gija Jumulu was transported from Telegraph Creek in the Kimberley to Kings Park in Perth in July 2008. The same people who perform the smoking ceremony at Argyle Mine also performed a smoking ceremony to farewell that tree before its journey south.

When the tree arrived at Kings Park, the local Nyoongar people also performed a welcome smoking ceremony. Both of these ceremonies put a curse on this tree.

What brought my attention to this tree was a report a few years ago that the tree was dying. As a young man in 1964 I rode on horseback droving cattle past this same tree. When I heard that report, I went up to the tree at night to see why it was dying.

While I was thinking about it, I saw a plaque just to the left telling the story of the tree and where it came from, and the smoking ceremonies that were done to it. I believe that put a death curse on it. So then, I had to revoke the curse on that tree.

Three months later, I found the leaves were back and its life was restored. This was not just a seasonal cycle.


A few months ago a young white man in the Kimberley called me to his house for advice. He and his Filippina wife were having trouble trying to have a baby.

His wife asked me to explain a dream she had the night before. I told her that I can’t interpret dreams, but there is a God in Heaven who can. I asked her what the dream was, and she told me about a snake in the dream with two heads.

I then told her the interpretation of the dream. In the natural world, you don’t see a snake with two heads, but in the spiritual realm the snake represents Satan, the devil that brings the curse.

The two heads represent two generational curses of a blood covenant that you don’t know about, made by your ancestors.

Then I spoke to the young man, and said that the other head of the snake was a blood covenant made by his ancestors, in Freemasonry or some other ritual that he didn’t know about.

“These two heads come from blood covenants that have brought a curse that is stopping you from conceiving a child.”

So I severed the curse from them. A few weeks ago, that young man rang me to say that his wife was pregnant.

The same thing happened with a man married to a woman from South America, and I have had similar requests from people from other countries who have been set free from curses.

The Hexed Doctor

Several years ago, I was asked by the white matron of a Kimberley hospital to visit a doctor who was having major problems. I said: “Me? Visit a white doctor to help him? It should be the other way around!”

She replied: “I think you are the only person who can help him.”

When I went to his house, his wife invited me in. As soon as I walked into the house, I saw the doctor sitting in the lounge chair with glassy eyes, as if he was in a trance.

I knew straight away that the problem was that he had been sung using witchcraft to put a curse on him. He was experiencing demons coming up through the floorboards and walls of his house at night. He got the local police to come with a spotlight, but they couldn’t find anything.

He was put on sick leave for several months because the doctors said he was insane.

It took me two weeks to break the curse that an aboriginal elder was putting on him. He had indigenous artefacts from another country that gave power to this curse. After he got rid of them, he was able to return to work.


I want to tell these stories so that people will know that these curses are real, and the ever-increasing number of smoking ceremonies are having devastating effects on people and the ecological environment.

Aboriginal custom has always used protocols to welcome people to their land, but these smoking ceremonies are spiritual practices to appease the ancestral spirits. When some Aboriginal tour guides take people into traditional places, they speak to the spirits in tribal languages and use rituals to appease the spirits first.

Don’t get involved in smoking ceremonies and these rituals. You will open yourself to the power of these curses.

Speaking from Experience

I come from a semi-tribal background, where I have observed all these things from when I was a young child. I see the results of these practices and, for around 40 years I have frequently been called in without any pay or support, to deal with the problems in psychiatric and general hospitals like Graylands, Charlie Gardner, Royal Perth, Fiona Stanley and Fremantle Hospitals, Aboriginal hostels and people’s homes.

Sickness is often a spiritual problem, and I have seen many people released from these sorts of sicknesses. The medical and scientific world often can’t help because they refuse to accept the spiritual basis of the problem presenting before them.

Indigenous Animism Taking Hold Again

I heard that authorities have banned religion from schools. Aboriginal myths, like the so-called ‘creator’ Rainbow Serpent spirit stories, are being introduced in schools and universities, incorporated into our architecture, painted on buildings and highways, while Christian stories are removed and Christian beliefs are denied and banned.

We are beginning to see the devastating results as these spiritual powers are released in our society. May I suggest that we should not discriminate – Aboriginal religion and secular humanism should also be banned.

A young Aboriginal medical student recently asked me why we send students to Christian schools and then to universities to be brain-washed through secular humanism and Aboriginal religion with buildings being ‘smoked’.

The Consequences of Idolatry

Aboriginal people and their communities right across Australia and Torres Strait are filled with psychological issues, and the people live below 3rd world conditions, always plagued with poverty. These communities are degenerating at a spiralling rate because of this nature-based idolatry, resulting in physical, moral and spiritual decline. This curse must be broken over our people.

In conclusion, I need to say that I don’t speak on behalf of any political, religious, or family group, but only speak from my own heart in my love for this nation.

Wake up, Australia!

Rodney Rivers, Gosnells, W.A., 13 November 2019


P.S. Many Aboriginal people think they are bringing blessings to others by putting them through a smoking ceremony. They don’t intend to put a curse on anyone, but they open people’s lives to the power of ungodly spirits through doing this.

It is only the blood of Jesus that cleanses and protects us. Satan is a master of deception – of tricking us into the ways of hell and death. We need the discernment of the spirit world that comes only through God’s Holy Spirit.

We call Australia ‘The Great South Land of the Holy Spirit’. Let’s give the Holy Spirit full control and seek His discernment and wisdom in everything in this land.

At the moment, the Christian Church is no threat to the kingdom of darkness and no use to the kingdom of Light.


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  1. Heidi Wong 25 November 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Thank you for your insight, courage and wisdom, please continue to minister to our nation and it’s peoples.

    • Angelina Price 12 February 2020 at 1:02 pm - Reply

      thank you for courage to write this article. There is power in the blood of Jesus to set people free from every curse and bondage. May God continue to use you.

  2. Agnes De Mesa 25 November 2019 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    What an awesome article! I am a Christian TSI woman living in the Pilbara and my teenage son who’s father is aboriginal from the Onslow area. He told me he had experienced and seen demonic things until he gave his heart to JESUS! He never experienced those things ever again. There is Power in the Blood of JESUS!!

  3. Sondy Ward 25 November 2019 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing – people need to know this.

  4. Gail Herring 25 November 2019 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Very well explained. Thank you. We need our eyes opened to the truth.

  5. John coverdale 25 November 2019 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Thank you.

  6. Stephen Palmer 25 November 2019 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Would love to stay in contact thanks

  7. Anne Rose 25 November 2019 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    Thankyou for sharing this information.I had no idea what smoking ceremonies were for.An informative ,very interesting read.

  8. Anne Robards 26 November 2019 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for making so clear something I’ve long thought. God bless you.

  9. George Coleman 26 November 2019 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    Thank you Rodney for this very helpfull artical. Would you be able to forward this on to our PM Scot Morison?
    Do you have any experience dealing with local council’s to free them and their employees from this?

  10. Warren 26 November 2019 at 8:12 pm - Reply

    Thanks for your insight

  11. SONDRA ROBERTS-Stott 27 November 2019 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    This is indeed an awesome article and every word the truth
    Thank you for sharing this life saving knowledge!!

  12. Greg Gibbens 28 November 2019 at 3:03 am - Reply

    We are so far behind. How can I help?

  13. Trevor Pugh 29 November 2019 at 10:25 am - Reply

    At a workplace in Murray Bridge l worked in the Homelessness area the location had a ‘smoking ceremony’.
    l took a flexiday off because it didn’t feel right as a Christian to attend and but the fall out from this ceremony l believe changed the worksite for the negative.
    In my section alone people were bullied and l supported at least 6 fellow workers before they left, till finally l was targeted and also forced out.
    Other sections were affected as well, and many long time good workers were also forced out.
    The organization is currently moving into a new location in the main street…l pray that they do not have another ‘smoking ceremony’ for the well being of the current workers.

  14. Joy Bailey 29 November 2019 at 3:15 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this informative article. Many years ago my father warned about this, but, most people nowadays do not have spiritual discernment and the truth needs to be exposed.

  15. Effie Rogers 30 November 2019 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Great article!! I wander if the smoking ceremonies is causing the drought and fires ????

  16. Kurt 4 December 2019 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Amen Rodney! Thank you for your faithfulness and obedience to God in writing this and putting your name and reputation on the line. He will reward you.

  17. Pete 5 December 2019 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    A man of action in the preaching of God’s word. He practices what he preaches n God has worked through his simple faith many of times

  18. Anna 20 December 2019 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Dear Rodney Rivers;
    my question is about clapping sticks.
    In about 1991 I was living on a farm property beside the Hume dam at Mullengandra NSW.
    One night I woke to the sounds of clapping sticks outside of my bedroom window. The sound went on for a couple of minutes, but there was there was no one outside.
    At the time I didn’t know what it was about, and I still don’t. Can you enlighten me please?
    Yours sincerely Anna

  19. Debra Mieth 20 December 2019 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Great article. I have the same sort of situation with family in Papua New Guinea.

    • Debra Mieth 20 December 2019 at 8:26 pm - Reply

      Just out of interest, my PNG sister-in-law has a Christian healing ministry all over PNG. People who want her to come minister to them pay for her airfare to get to them and maybe other costs, but she has barely enough to live and support her three girls in school. I am going to talk to her when she comes to visit, because she needs to increase her wages; the Bible says the ox needs to be fed for its work. And so do you. Pastors are paid (double), evangelists and preachers take up offerings etc. You should bite the bullet and ask for your travel and other expenses to be met if at all possible.

  20. Brenda Pulley (Mrs) 21 December 2019 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Thank you Rodney for putting these necessary truths so that the Church can read what is actually happening around us. It is timely and I thank God that He has called you for such a time as this. May God protect and bless you abundantly.

  21. Andy S. 22 December 2019 at 6:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Rodney, thank you for sharing these truths about the smoking ceremony. Since this ceremony is quite entrenched in the Australian aboriginals’ culture, how do you suggest people or organisations say no to such ceremonies, without offending the aboriginals of the land? After all, in your postscipts, you did say that they thought they were bringing blessings to the people, not realising the spiritual effects of it. I noticed that these smoking ceremonies are widely performed in special and official events across the nation.

  22. R Wilson 28 December 2019 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Praise God Rodney for your timely and informative enlkightenment regarding all you have shared. May our Lord use you to witness and strengthen many in the days to come.

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  25. peter Wright 18 January 2020 at 10:18 am - Reply

    great article , an area where we all need to be educated as to to the principles that are supposedly being delt with at smoking ceremonies, which seem to be coming more commen wherever a large gathering of people are . thanks s0 much for your insite and revelation on this subject . would appreciate it to keep in touch, bless ya mate , regards peter

  26. Mark Windley 1 September 2020 at 10:34 am - Reply

    Great article Rodney, leaders from all nations should be reading this, in Dubbo NSW it is becoming the norm and the effects you describe manifesting every week here. Have you got time to talk ? May the Lord Jesus strengthen and bless you keep up the great work for Country.

  27. John Potter 19 October 2020 at 7:34 am - Reply

    Brilliant Rodney – telling it as it is!! Some sangomas from South Africa visited Australia to touch sides with local spirit men. When they saw what they were doing they said: ‘we are going home, we do not want to get into that stuff’!!! Wake up Australia – listen to what Rodney is telling us.

  28. Rosanne Morley 22 October 2020 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    The Perth Lord Mayor was just sworn in with a smoking ceremony before hand. I didn’t feel right about it when I saw it done. Pray for Basil and his family.

  29. Sandra 25 October 2020 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Thank you, Rodney, for explaining so clearly the harm these ceremonies do and the resulting havoc to/in peoples’ lives. Surely, it can be done away with only in the Name of Jesus, and people set free.

  30. Michael Hopkinson 27 October 2020 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Rodney for revealing this with such great clarity. I pray this message be heard by more people who can reverse this trend and reverse these curses with God the Holy Spirit’s leading, empowerment, and help.

  31. Judy Wilkie 27 October 2020 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Yes thank you so much, Rodney. Often people are considered culturally insensitive when not affirming practices that spiritual discernment questions. It concerns me that so many events are opened with “we acknowledge the traditional owners of this land and we pay respect to the elders, past and present.” What does that mean? It sounds like it is addressing ancestral spirits. It is invoking something? And as Brother Andy said above, how does one raise these issues? I am uncertain if the welcome to country ritual at citizenship ceremonies is part of this? We all need accurate information that we lack and I so appreciate you informing us, Rodney, and also walking in the anointing, authority and love of the Lord Jesus Christ to set people free!!

  32. Gabrielle van der Spek 28 October 2020 at 6:37 am - Reply

    Thank you, thank you Rodney! May this truth, and Jesus, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life, set Australia, and these Great Southlands of the Holy Spirit free!

  33. Sacha 25 November 2020 at 10:38 am - Reply

    This all sounds like the kind of dogmatic fear that the bible or religions can sometimes instil in people as a way of getting them to follow *their belief system … I could be wrong but, then again, I could be right ! Everyone should trust their own gut instincts either way and research further if they want they ! It was interesting perspective though. I hope it nor I doesn’t offend anyone ! ???? Peace. ????

  34. Sacha 25 November 2020 at 11:07 am - Reply

    This all sounds like the kind of dogmatic fear that the bible or religions can sometimes instil in people as a way of getting them to follow *their belief system … I could be wrong but, then again, I could be right !? Everyone should trust their own gut instincts either way and research further if they want hey ! It was interesting perspective though. I hope it nor I doesn’t offend anyone ! ???? Peace. ???? PS I just noticed a couple typos in my previous comment so just posted again ..

  35. Peter Booth 19 December 2020 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    I am a Christian minister who has been trained in Discipleship (Counselling) and the healing ministry. I have taught and trained many people and have had to help those troubled by aboriginal curses from their land and many other sources. In many cases people have died from tumors, cancer, emphysema and other mental/emotional issues because I was not invited to assist or I was unsuccessful s few times. I thank you very much for your courage to speak out and provide absolute truth which I confirm through my own experience in every respect and detail that you have covered. I know your comments are the beginning of this problem and without action will cause huge problems for many.

  36. Lesley Hughes 21 January 2021 at 11:46 pm - Reply

    What an interesting article. Thank you so much for your explanation of this ceremony.
    About 50 years ago, when we were first married, we worked in an aboriginal settlement in Arnhem Land. I was a nurse. When the ceremonies would start I often had a sense of foreboding which I could not explain. Once a lovely lady died on my watch in circumstances which I could not explain. I have always wondered if the cause was spiritual or if she had been “Sung”. I was so naive about the spirit world at that time.

  37. Liz Oaten 25 January 2021 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Thanks Rodney. You are such a blessing. Great to hear testimonies of the power of the power of the blood of Jesus.

  38. Liz Oaten 25 January 2021 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    Thanks Rodney. Great to hear testimonies of the power of Jesus blood.

  39. Sarah 26 March 2021 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    How do I get in contact with Rodney?

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