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By Tony Swain

ISBN-10: 0521430054

ISBN-13: 9780521430050

The various components ascribed to standard Aboriginal ideals and practices are the results of touch with exterior peoples--Melanesians and Indonesians, in addition to Europeans. This debatable and provocative e-book is the 1st designated and continent-wide research of the influence of outsiders on Australian Aboriginal worldviews. the writer separates out a standard center of non secular trust that 1111 precontact spirituality of Australian Aborigines extra concerned about position than with any philosophy of time or origins. a spot for Strangers investigates Aboriginal delusion, ritual, cosmology and philosophy, and likewise examines social association, subsistence styles and cultural swap. it will likely be of serious curiosity to readers in anthropology, non secular reviews, comparative philosophy, Aboriginal reviews and Australian background.

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Space has limitations that are primary geographical, and any sense of time arising within the religious experience becomes secondary to present geographical existence - the danger that appears to be lurking in spatial conceptions of religion is the effect of missionary activity on religion. Can it leave the land of its nativity and embark on a program of world or continental conquest. 50 Coming as it does from someone all too aware of the imperial message of missionaries,51 the irony of this passage should be self-evident.

The Aboriginal 'solution' to this problem, if indeed the problem ever presented itself at all, was simple, but to the Western reader disconcerting. There is, in their traditions, no first cause, world origin or creation. As Stanner said, 'taken as a whole the myths deal with cosmology rather dian cosmogony. 56 Tonkinson, in contrast, entirely misses the mark when he writes approvingly, 'The Dream time... 57 Misinterpretations such as this are both widespread and informative, for upon closer examination, they reveal that false representations of Aboriginal world-order are linked to die surreptitious but unwarranted introduction of time into our models of Aboriginal Law.

I will say more on the emergence of life from place and die interdependence of lands in a moment. Before proceeding, however, let me summarise my exposition thus far. I have argued that Aboriginal ontology does not allow time or history philosophical determination because this is incompatible with an uncompromising insistence on the immutability of place. Abiding Events establish the shape of lands, but there is no world creation, cosmic centre, or recognition of any single unifying world principle.

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