Questions and sample answers on dreaming among the indigenous Australian cultures

What is dreaming and its significance in the aboriginal Australians?

The dreaming, also known as the Dreamtime, refers to the psychic condition that allows the person contact with ancestral beings (spirits) and the process that brings things into being (Kerwin, 2012, p. 115). According to the Aboriginal Australians, the psychic condition is not tied to time as it is not necessarily a time past or time in any way. According to the aboriginal Australians, Dreamtime is an experience that stays with them and not past or gone from them. The topic of dreaming is particularly important to aboriginal Australians, as they believe that it is the environment that surrounded them in the past, and an experience that…

Define kinship in the aboriginal Australians and how it is related to dreaming

Under the working and model of the indigenous Australian society, the kinship framework shows the position of an individual and their relationship to other members of society and the universe. The kinship system gives directives on the responsibilities of individuals towards others, and productive resources. The kinship system of the aborigines is tied to their relationship to dreaming, as evident from the fact that kinship explains the relationships that exist between the 500 aboriginal nations of Australia (Fryer-Smith, 2008, p. 2: 14). In the lands of the aborigines, there are clan groups and the clans are….

Describe moiety among the aboriginal Australians

The moiety is the primary level of kinship and explains that all things, including people get split into two halves and that each half mirrors the other. The moiety of a person gets determined by their father or mother’s side. The people that share the same moiety get regarded as siblings and are forbidden from marrying, despite having the reciprocal duty of supporting one another. Totems are the second level of kinship, and every person identifies with four totems: for their nation, respective clan and family and lastly for individuality. The first three totems are predetermined, but personal totems get assigned with respect to…

Describe the economic organization of the Aboriginal Australians

The aborigines kept a nomadic lifestyle, mainly due to their dependence on hunter-gatherer way of life (Kerwin, 2012, p. 15). The movement of the people gets triggered by the reduction of food resources. The nomadic lifestyle of the Aborigines compelled the people to get acquainted with their surrounding lands, and its characteristics, including water holes, plant and animal life and climatic conditions. The widespread knowledge of lands and other resources within their range of movement was reflected in the style of kinship, as different people played different roles in the framework. The aborigines’ ability to read their surroundings increased their….

How does the economic organization of the aboriginal Australians relate to dreaming?

The economic organization of the aborigine people drew from the legacy of dreaming. The aborigines believed that it endowed different people with the ability and responsibility to control the productivity of animals and plants (Kerwin, 2012, p. 12). For example, by using the resources available to them, they believed that they participated in the replenishment of social life and its continuity. The economic system drew from kinship, and it is evident from the fact that senior males held the responsibility of maintaining the resources and…

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