A glossary of frequently
used terms, specific to Aboriginal culture used in the descriptions of
paintings on this site. (TO RETURN TO PREVIOUS PAGE PLEASE USE THE BACK
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- The Dreaming:
the creation time equivalent to Genesis in the Christian bible when
ancestral spirits, through their actions, created the world and the
principles and laws which govern both culture and nature. The Dreaming
can also be seen as the spiritual dimension of contemporary Aboriginal
life, accessed through ceremonial activity (painting, singing, dancing,
all aspects of storytelling).
- The Dreamtime:
refers specifically to the "creation time" aspect of the Dreaming,
i.e. the ancestral past when the world was brought into being and the
land was imbued with ancestral power.
- A Dreaming: a
specific creation mythology centered around specific places in the landscape.
These stories travel from place to place much like traditional Aboriginal
people of recent times connecting the country through story and song.
These stories also have protagonists which are totemic in nature plants
and animals, and natural elements (wind, fire rain, stars) who once
had human attributes and are related to various skin groups who have
custodial responsibilities for these stories.
- Skin Names: