Accessing the eternal: Dreaming "The Dreaming" and ceremonial performance

Hume, Lynne (2004) Accessing the eternal: Dreaming "The Dreaming" and ceremonial performance. Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science, 39 1: 237-258.

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Author Hume, Lynne
Title Accessing the eternal: Dreaming "The Dreaming" and ceremonial performance
Journal name Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0591-2385
1467-9744
Publication date 2004-03
Year available 2004
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9744.2004.00568.x
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 237
End page 258
Total pages 22
Editor Willem B. Drees
Place of publication Chicago, U.S.A.
Publisher Blackwell
Language eng
Subject 2204 Religion and Religious Studies
160806 Social Theory
1608 Sociology
2203 Philosophy
Abstract Australian Aboriginal cosmology is centered on The Dreaming, which has an eternal nature. It has been referred to as "everywhen" to articulate its timelessness. Starting with the assumption that "waking" reality is only one type of experienced reality, we investigate the concept of timelessness as it pertains to the Aboriginal worldview. We begin by questioning whether in fact "Dreaming" is an appropriate translation of a complex Aboriginal concept, then discuss whether there is any relationship between dreaming and The Dreaming. We then discuss Aboriginal ceremonial performance, during which actors are said to become Dreaming Ancestors, using as a frame of reference the "flow" experience explicated by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi together with Alfred Schutz's "mutual tuning-in relationship." © 2009 by the Joint Publication Board of Zygon
Keyword Aboriginal ceremony
Alternate realities
Consciousness
Flow
Ritual time
Timelessness
Q-Index Code C1

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