This painting tells the story of Bäru, the Ancestral crocodile who brought fire from Madarrpa country to Gumatj territory where an important ceremony was being held in the Ancestral period. A large fire started on the ceremonial ground which burnt Bäru, the crocodile man, who, in his pain, jumped into the water and transformed himself into a crocodile. The scars on his back, symbolic of fire, are still visible, as shown here. Diamonds are the traditional Yirritja design for fire, water and honey. In this painting they represent different intensities of fire. Red indicates flame, yellow the sparks, white the ash, and black the charcoal.