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What is the Dreamtime?

Ancestral Spirits belief systems cultural values Dreaming stories Dreamings Dreamtime important knowledge What is the Dreamtime?

What is the Dreamtime?

The Dreamtime or Dreaming for Australian Indigenous people refers to the time when the Ancestral Spirits moved across the land and created life and significant geographic formations and sites. Aboriginal people tell Dreaming stories to pass on important knowledge, cultural values, belief systems and law to later generations. These stories are passed on through a number of different ways – Ceremonial body painting, song and dance being the most common. By maintaining a link with the Dreamtime and Dreaming stories of the past to the present, a rich cultural heritage is created. In many of the Dreaming stories, the Ancestral Spirits came to earth in...

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