On the unsafe side of the white divide: New perspectives on the Dreaming of Australian Aborigines

Hume, Lynne (1999) On the unsafe side of the white divide: New perspectives on the Dreaming of Australian Aborigines. Anthropology of Consciousness, 10 1: 1-15. doi:10.1525/ac.1999.10.1.1


Author Hume, Lynne
Title On the unsafe side of the white divide: New perspectives on the Dreaming of Australian Aborigines
Journal name Anthropology of Consciousness   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1053-4202
1556-3537
Publication date 1999-03
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1525/ac.1999.10.1.1
Volume 10
Issue 1
Start page 1
End page 15
Total pages 15
Editor Lisa Mertz
Place of publication Arlington, VA, U.S.A.
Publisher American Anthropological Association
Collection year 1999
Language eng
Subject C1
440206 Studies in Other Religious Traditions
750401 Religion and society
Formatted abstract
The central feature of traditional Aboriginal religion which is reiterated throughout Australia, in spite of regional variations and the vastness of this continent is the Dreaming and its integral link between humans, land, and all that lives on the land. Variously referred to as Dreamtime, Eternal Dreamtime and, the Law, the Dreaming is the sacred knowledge, wisdom and moral truth permeating the entire beingness of Aboriginal life, derived collectively from Dreaming events performed by the creative ancestors. In this paper I shall review interpretations of this thing called the Dreaming and pursue an alternative one. This alternative is that the Dreaming can be interpreted as a subliminal reality that Aborigines can tap into through various means. As a working paradigm I shall use the theoretical perspectives of Schutz and the mutual tuning-in relationship, as well as Csikszentmihalyi s notion of "flow."
Copyright © 1999 American Anthropological Association
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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