Aboriginal Spirituality

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Diversification amid both large-scale and infinitesimal religious groups is inevitable, and so, the extricable practice to disperse from the origins of a particular religious concept is of widespread commonality. That particular concept which encompasses the spiritual core and dictates the life of the Aboriginal people, originated through the Dreaming. The queries of life and its conundrums attain answers through the Dreaming, holding immense importance to the Aboriginal people. It underpins all folklore and fables which preserves religious morality. The Dreaming is not only a concept of the past. It is an eternal period throughout the present times and will prevail living on through our inescapable destiny, being a complete and present reality.…show more content…
The natural and supernatural being strongly intertwined to create an understanding of life, creation, the theory of eternity and its eventual demise.The Dreaming, a source of knowledgeable understanding to the Aboriginal people entails stories passed down through ancestry which survived through the variable dialects each clan held overtime, with reference to the origins of the universe through the eyes of ancestral Aboriginal entities. However, diversification is found within the interpretation of how all of existence came to be. Bratowooloong (men belonging to the place of fire), Brayakooloong (men belonging to the west), Brabawooloong (belonging to men), Tatungooloong (belonging to the sea in the south) and Krowathunkooloong (belonging to the east) are the five clans which are composed under the Gunaikurnai…show more content…
The Burringilling, being a cross between creature and human, are said to have lived in the dreaming upon clouds, mountains, dense scrub, trees and waterholes, having the ability to morph the shape of their bodies to vanish underground and alter the earthly landscape surrounding them. The Burringilling also held mystic weapons and were assisted by supernatural hounds. One of the Burringilling animal-people however, was of most significance. That being Dharamulan. Novices, blinded by rugs placed over their heads, were part of the folkloric practice of initiation. Dharamulan, being the supreme, took hold of one of the boys and struck the back of the child’s head, removing one of his front upper incisors, with the tooth consequently becoming gunnabillang, a rock crystal used furthermore for ceremonial initiations. Ultimately, Dharamulan transformed into varying forms of evergreen saplings, only returning to his original form when an initiation was to take place and within each ceremonial practice of the initiation, a bullroarer was made from a piece of wood cut from a tree, representing Dharamulan’s

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