Explain the Inextricable Connection of the Dreaming, the Land and Identity, Talking Into Account the Diversity of the Dreaming for Abriginal Peoples.
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EXPLAIN THE INEXTRICABLE CONNECTION OF THE DREAMING, THE LAND AND IDENTITY, TALKING INTO ACCOUNT THE DIVERSITY OF THE DREAMING FOR ABRIGINAL PEOPLES.
The Aboriginal people’s inextricable connection to the Land and the natural world provides a link between the people and the Dreaming. This untieable connection dictates their way of life, their Laws, their beliefs, their values and the way in which they treat others individually. This connection has lived and grown within every Aboriginal of different tribes for 40 000 years and are known to have the longest cultural history in the world.
The Dreaming “a reality which consists of the present, the past and the future” (D:\Aboriginal Spirituality mrachmar_com.htme) is not regarded as…show more content…
Rituals and ceremonies serve a variety of purposes. They honour their totem spirits and in a way introduce their ancestors and totems to newly initiated members. Nevertheless, the main purpose of ceremonies is to participate in the original acts of the creative spirits and in a way bringing the Dreaming into the “here and now”. Each area has a particular plant or animal which serves as a totem for that group of Aboriginal people; the spirit of the ancestor is heavily associated with the totem. Because of this, the people have a kinship with that spirit and are the spiritual “owners” of that area of land. The people are responsible for that area of land along with the ancestral spirit. Thus their identity is formed.
Alternatively, art is used to express the Dreaming and is used to give a permanent connection between the artist and their country. Symbols are used in Aboriginal art in order to tell a story. Different Aboriginal groups in different areas produce different forms of art; these forms may include body art, paintings, carved trees, rock art, bark paintings and funerary poles. However, they all share a common purpose, to teach others about the knowledge pasted down since the beginning of the Dreamtime, as they all “painted their Dreaming”( D:\Aboriginal Spirituality mrachmar_com.htme). Art is also used to symbolise the Land, the Dreaming, totems and sacred sites formed by their Ancestral Beings. It plays a big role in creating significant