Australian Aboriginal religion and mythology - Wikipedia

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Religion and Ceremony - Aboriginal Australian Art & Culture

By the time the first Europeans settled in Australia in 1788 there were perhaps as many as a million aborigines in Australia and over 200 different spoken languages.
Prior to the arrival of the Europeans the only known outside encroachment into Australia was by Indonesian Muslims, the Macassans, who fished off Arnhem Land in the northern territory and who are the subjects of a number of aboriginal myths.
While the impact of the Macassans on the aboriginal population was limited, the impact of the Europeans was huge.

Descriptions of some of the ceremonies in these documentsor the naming of dead people may regrettably violate Aboriginal tabus.
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Religion of Australian aborigines (7131)


Aboriginal people do not believe in animism. This is the belief that all natural objects possess a soul. They do not believe that a rock possesses a soul, but they might believe that a particular rock outcrop was created by a particular deity in the creation period, or that it represents a deity from the Creation Period. They believe that many animals and plants are interchangeable with human life through re-incarnation of the spirit or soul, and that this relates back to the Creation Period when these animals and plants were once people.

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Australian Aboriginal culture varies throughout the continent and people from different regions have different languages, weaponry, utensils, tools, basketry, art styles, ceremonial dress, and beliefs in their Ancestral Beings. Since the visitation of Macassan (Indonesian and Malay) on northern Australian shores after 1700 AD, and later European colonisation in 1788, Aboriginal culture has developed and changed.

Finding texts about Australian Aboriginal religion in the public domain was extremely difficult
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