Aboriginal Dreamtime Explains Creation, Aboriginal History and Spiritual Belief Systems.

The Aboriginal Dreamtime, a time without beginning or end, forms the basis of the spirituality and belief systems of the indigenous people of Australia.

In the beginning the land was empty but then mystical, spiritual, creator ancestors with human forms and special attributes, appeared. In Arnhem Land it is thought that some came from the sea.

They created and then sometimes became the sky and stars, mountains and rivers, rocks, trees and animals. They made man and woman, decreeing the laws under which they should live - the customs, rules and rituals which must be obeyed.

Dreamtime stories

Dreamtime stories relate to all areas of Australia, from the Torres Strait, Arnhem and Kimberley regions in the north to Tasmania in the south, across the deserts and over the mountains, along parched river-beds and over flooded plains.

Between six and seven hundred separate nations or groups existed at the time of European colonisation, each speaking a distinct language, rarely understood except by bordering territorial tribes. Although they spoke different languages and had variations in customs they were united in their central belief of the aboriginal dreamtime spiritual truths.

Story songlines were used to navigate across vast distances, the oral history of songs changing from one language to another as landmarks were passed. Reference was made to ancestral beings, which formed guiding constellations such as the southern cross and the pointers.

Symbols

Symbolism in Australian aboriginal art is derived from many of the dreamtime stories and used in sand drawings, body painting for ceremonial dances and in ancient aboriginal rock paintings and carvings, all of which record aboriginal history and beliefs.

The symbols used might seem apparent but often also have a deeper, secret-sacred meaning known only to the initiated.

Symbolism in Australian aboriginal art is derived from many of the dreamtime stories and used in sand drawings, body painting for ceremonial dances and in ancient aboriginal rock paintings and carvings, all of which record aboriginal history and beliefs. The symbols used might seem apparent but often also have a deeper, secret-sacred meaning known only to the initiated.

To gaze into the clear night sky from the vantage point of a rock or a dry creek bed in the desert areas of Australia is to feel that oneness with creation, which the ancient aboriginal stories explain.



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