Aboriginal Beliefs

1794 WordsOct 8, 19998 Pages
The Aborigines had, and still have, a complex belief in creation, spirits and culture, that gives a definite distinctiveness from any other religion in the world. Thousands of years ago, Australian Aboriginal people were living in accordance with their dreamtime beliefs- today, a majority of the Aboriginal community profess allegiance to Christianity, and only 3% still adhere to traditional beliefs. These beliefs have provided the Aboriginal people with guidance and perspective on all aspects of life. There were many variants to these beliefs and practises throughout the many Aboriginal tribal areas, but all Aboriginal people have developed an intimate relationship between themselves and their environment. They see themselves as…show more content…
Likewise, in initiation ceremonies, boys are circumcised as well as subincised, and the first ceremonies of initiation, with the use of ‘bullroarers’, are intended to make them independent (and separated) from their mothers and other females. Subincision, from the view of the Arunda tribe, was designed to cause the male organ to resemble the vulva, and that the effusion of blood was regarded as serving the same function as menstruation, which in the female enabled her naturally to dispose of the evil that accumulate in the body. To continue the same effect, males periodically engage in incision of the penis and called it menstruation. Marriage arrangements were made when the children were very young and even before they were born. Girls were usually married (through a handing-over ceremony) when she was about 11 or 12 years old-when she reached puberty. Most marriages took place at a particular place. For example, in the Shoalhaven region, Coolangatta Mountain was a traditional marriage place or site. It would have been significant because particular ancestors married there (according to a Dreamtime story or stones), and because of tradition of thousands of couples marrying over time. For marriage purposes, every tribe was divided into four main groups, sometimes called marriage moieties. When each child was born, he or she was given a totemic name according to which group he or

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