When God created the world, He created two men and one woman and told them to live on plants and fruit. During this time there was a great drought and all the plants died. The people then killed a kangaroo for food. One of the men, however, refused to eat the meat and walked away. Hunger and thirst weakened him, and finally the exhausted man fainted underneath a big Gum tree.
Suddenly the Gum tree opened and out came a spirit with glowing eyes. The spirit took hold of the man and carried him into the tree.
Then the spirit of the Gum took the tree and the rescued man and flew with him into the sky, followed by a flock of angry cockatoos who wished to keep their tree. But the tree flew faster and disappeared into the clouds.
Since that hour the glowing eyes of the spirit and of the man looked down from the skies and they were known as the Southern Cross. Two of the white cockatoos, who finally reached the tree, sit on both sides, as the arms of the cross.