Many of the elements ascribed to traditional Aboriginal beliefs and practices are the result of contact with external peoples - Melanesians and Indonesians, as well as Europeans. This controversial and provocative 1993 book is a detailed and continent-wide study of the impact of outsiders on Australian Aboriginal world-views. The author separates out a common core of religious beliefs which reflect the precontact spirituality of Australian Aborigines. This book investigates Aboriginal myth, ritual, cosmology and philosophy, and also examines social organisation, subsistence patterns and cultural change. It will be of great interest to readers in anthropology, religious studies, comparative philosophy and Aboriginal studies.
• Controversial, provocative study - the first detailed and continent-wide study of the impact of Melanesians, Indonesians and Europeans on Aboriginal world-views • Material of interdisciplinary interest - comparative religion, anthropology, comparative philosophy
Introduction; 1. Worlds to endure; 2. Songs of a wayfarer; 3. A new sky hero from a conquered land; 4. Our mother from northern shores; 5. From the mother to the millennium; Conclusion.