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augury
Form of divination that examines signs in nature in order to learn the future.
dreamtime
Aborigine name for time of creation when ancestor-heroes lived in the beginning of the world.
exorcism
Ritual used to cast out evil spirits from an individual.
fetishes
Special objects crafted for protection against evil spirits.q
gatherers
Tribes that supplemented food supply through the gathering of plants that grew naturally.
High God
A deity who is the source of life in most primal religions.
hunters
Tribes that obtained most of their food by pursuing wild animals.
mana
A sacred power that fills certain people, places or objects.
megaliths
Stones placed upright by ancient people for purpose of making offerings or paying respect to the dead.
Mother Goddess
A female deity in charge of the fertility of crops, nature and creation.
necromancy
A form of divination that consists of communication with the dead through a trance or vision.
pastoralists
Tribes that raised livestock outside of the city area and often provided meat and wool to those living in the city.
planters
Tribes that lived by farming.
pollution
Process of becoming ritually defiled by violating a tribal taboo or offending the spirits.
prehistoric era
The period before writing existed.
primitive religions
A term formerly used to describe primal religions.
purification rites
Rituals intended to remove pollution from an individual in order to keep angry spirits from harming the tribe.
sorcery
A practice used to seek the power of evil spirits.
syncretism
The combination of elements from differnt religions.
taboo
A certain person, action, thing, or place that is forbidden or to be avoided within a religion.
totem
a symbol of a protective animal.
totemism
The belief that certai animals and objects are sacred and that a special relationship exists with them.
tribal religions
Primal religions practiced by people who believe they are related through a common ancestor.
tricksters
Deities, either good or bad, who use their cunning and tricks to obtain what they want.