Aboriginal Cultures

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Aboriginal Cultures

What is the Australian Aboriginal worldview of all creation? White man or in Aboriginal Translation (Gubba), would say in most religious views that there is a god, heaven and a hell and when man or women die they go to either of these two places dependant on their ability to live by law of their religion. Is the Aboriginal concept any different? I believe it has its own characteristics of belief, values, and behaviours but is similar in some aspects. Dreamtime is that mystical period, some 65000 or more years ago when the land was first created and the aboriginal people began establishing their independence and individuality. Like White man dreamtime is Creation, as is God to creation. The dreamtime continues as the dreaming in the spiritual life of all aboriginal persons today and the events of creation are told through story, song, dance rituals and ceremonies (Corroborees). Dreaming has never been a direct translation of an Aboriginal word; the English language does not know an equivalent to express the complex Aboriginal spiritual concepts to western society. Aboriginal people have a number of different dialects in one complex language, thus the word dreaming is translated into a number of different derivatives. “Ngarinyin people in North West Australia refer to it as Ungud, the Aranda people as Aldjerinya, the Pitjantjatjara people as Tjukurpa, while in the Broome region it is known as Bugari and in North East Arnhem land as Wongar. Introduction to Aboriginal Societies 2nd Edition” (Edwards.W.H, 2005, page 80). According to Aboriginal belief, all life whether it be human, animal, plant or land is part of one relationship which can be traced back to the great ancestors of the dreamtime. These ancestor spirits created the world coming to the earth in human form moving through the land creating the valleys, plants, animals, rocks and other formations. Once the land and its people were formed...
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