Essay On Aboriginal Religion

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Religion is a means for people to find answers to life’s big questions. Within Aboriginal spirituality, the natural and supernatural are closely linked. Their spirituality is lived in their daily lives and their supernatural deities are active in their activities. The sacred stories of the Aboriginal peoples take place in a timeless world. They are given various names across the numerous regions of Indigenous Australia. Some of these names include ‘aldjeringa’ in Arrernte of Central Australia and ‘wongar’ in Arnhem Land. These terms are translated in English as the “Dreaming”, or the “Dreamtime.” This refers to the time when ancestral beings formed the land, the animals and plants, and the laws that keep everything in existence. It is an integral and important aspect in the life of Aboriginal people - it is a construction of how they view the world. Even though the stories of the Dreaming happened a long time ago to create our world, the Dreaming is believed by the Indigenous to exist in a parallel spiritual dimension to our own, called ‘everywhen’. This parallel dimension can be connected to our world through rituals that celebrate the activities of the Spirit-beings. It is through their Dreamings that Aboriginal peoples…show more content…
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