The Aboriginal Worldview

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While a variety of factors have shaped the diversity of Indigenous Australian philosophy and practices across the Australian continent, one of the central characteristics of the Aboriginal worldview is the concept of the ‘Dreaming’. Outline some of the key aspects of this belief system and reflect on this in comparison to your own worldview The Dreaming is referred to by Edwards (1998, p.16) as the time that Aboriginal people came into existence. It is clear that the term Aboriginal people is very imprecise as there are many Indigenous nations or tribes, as a result of different groups of people migrating to Australia at different times. American anthropologist J. Birdsell (Flood cited in Edwards 1998, p. 2) describes that there were…show more content…
From the beginning of all existence they referred to Earth as a female and believed her to be the ‘mother’ of all things such as humans, plants and animals and will continue to be so till the end of time. As mentioned by Rose (1992 p. 42), the Yarralin people believe “All the different kinds of living beings, and all knowledge, are ultimately born of earth”. Mother Earth is believed to be a nurturing source that provides Aboriginal people with the necessities of life such as the food and water they ate. They believed the land they were created from also gave to them the songs, dances and rituals they performed. Australian Aboriginal activist Pat Dodson states “we belong to the land; our birth does not sever the cord of life which comes from the land- our spirituality, our culture and social life depend on it” (cited in Ellwood, 1988). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people believe to have a spiritual connection to their land whether it is to the plants or animals or persons. Grieves (2008, p. 369) described a “mutual spirit being” which refers to this special spiritual relationship between the people and their…show more content…
Peoples’ rights changed, governments were formed, the country was divided into states and so forth. I believe the above aspects of The Dreaming era in Aboriginal society have some similarities and some differences to our life today. Firstly I will discuss my view of the relationship with the land. I do not believe that human beings are created from earth but rather from a mother’s womb. Pat Dodson (cited in Ellwood 1988) relates the cord of life to coming from the land, however which we connect to the every mother giving birth. We can however similarly say that the plants and animals are created by the Earth and in respect help supply us with the food we eat and water we drink. I can say the second aspect of creation is very similar to my world view believing that a superior being created the Earth, in my case God. Also the earth existed before The Dreaming as the case before Jesus Christ. Finally in the aspect of Law, Aboriginal people pass law through oral traditions whereas in more recent times we have statute law in a hierarchical system, that contains penalties including fines, restrictions from licenses and foremost a sentence to

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