The 'Aboriginal Dreamtime'
The 'Aboriginal Dreamtime' is that part of aboriginal culture which explains
the origins and culture of the land and its people.
Aborigines have the longest continuous cultural history of any group of
people on Earth - dating back - by some estimates - 65,000 years. Dreamtime
is Aboriginal Religion and Culture.
The Dreamtime contains many parts:
It is the story of things that have
how the universe came to be,
how human beings were created and
the Creator intended for humans to function within the cosmos.
As with all other cultures - it speaks of Earth's Creation by Gods and
Goddesses - some of whom were kind hearted - while others were cruel.
The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a seed power deposited
in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity,
event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as
seeds. The shape of the land - its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and
waterholes - and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that
place into creation.
Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint
of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed,
the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin.
The Aborigines called this potency the "Dreaming" of a place, and this
Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth. Only in extraordinary
states of consciousness can one be aware of, or attuned to, the inner
dreaming of the earth.
Faces of the First Day: Awakening in the Aboriginal Dreamtime
by Robert Lawlor
The Australian aboriginal shamans - "clever men" or "men of high degree" -
described "celestial ascents" to meet with the "sky gods" such as
Biral, Goin and Bundjil.
Many of the accounts of ritualistic initiation bare
striking parallels to modern day UFO contactee and abduction lore.
aboriginal shamanic "experience of death and rising again" in the initiation
of tribal "men of high degree" finds some fascinating parallels with modern
day UFO abduction lore.
The "chosen one" (either voluntarily or
spontaneously) is set upon by "spirits", ritualistically "killed", and then
experiences a wondrous journey (generally an aerial ascent to a strange
realm) to met the "sky god." He is restored to life - a new life as the
Ritual death and resurrection, abduction by powerful beings, ritual removal
or rearrangement of body parts, symbolic disembowelment, implanting of
artifacts, aerial ascents and journeys into strange realms, alien tutelage
and enlightenment, personal empowerment, and transformation - these and many
other phenomena are recurring elements of the extraordinary shamanic
This is Wandjina - the God who made the Earth and Sea and everything else.
He gave Man to live in this Earth, for this World, this Tribal Country.
Aboriginal oral traditions which describe the origin of Australia from
ancient times are frequently dramatic, involving great beings and amazing
events, however they do contain the essence of the truth. The legends when
distilled create a story of the origins of man in Australia and of the
Australian landscape as it is today of which much can be substantiated by
The ancient racial memory of a people whose
traditions and culture remained largely unaltered for thousands of years can
recount great geological changes - the rising of the seas, the change from
lush vegetation to desert, and the eruption of volcanoes as well as the very
first arrival of man on this continent.
Australian Dreaming: 40,000 Years of Aboriginal History
by Jennifer Isaacs
'Dreamtime' is most often used to refer to the 'time before
time', or 'the time of the creation of all things', while
often used to refer to an individual's or group's set of beliefs or
For instance, an Indigenous Australian might say that they have Kangaroo
Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of
Dreamings pertinent to their 'country'. However, many Indigenous Australians
also refer to the creation time as 'The Dreaming'.
What is certain is that 'Ancestor Spirits' came to Earth in human and other
forms and the land, the plants and animals were given their form as we know
These Spirits also established relationships between groups and individuals,
(whether people or animals) and where they traveled across the land, or came
to a halt, they created rivers, hills, etc., and there are often stories
attached to these places.
Once their work was done, the Ancestor Spirits changed again; into animals
or stars or hills or other objects. For Indigenous Australians, the past is
still alive and vital today and will remain so into the future. The Ancestor
Spirits and their powers have not gone, they are present in the forms into
which they changed at the end of the 'Dreamtime' or 'Dreaming', as the
The stories have been handed down through the ages and are an integral part
of an Indigenous person's 'Dreaming'.
Each tribe has its individual dreamtime although some of the legends
Most 'Dreamtime' originates with the Giant Dog or the Giant Snake,
and each is unique and colorful in its explanation. Legends of the 'Dreamtime' are handed down by word of mouth and by totem
from generation to generation.
It involves some secret rituals and rites, and some classified as 'Men's
Business' and some as 'Women's Business'. Colorful, symbolic and enthusiastic dancing and corroborees are used to
pass on the stories of the creation.