Explain the Inextricable Connection of the Dreaming, the Land and Identity, Talking Into Account the Diversity of the Dreaming for Abriginal Peoples.

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EXPLAIN THE INEXTRICABLE CONNECTION OF THE DREAMING, THE LAND AND IDENTITY, TALKING INTO ACCOUNT THE DIVERSITY OF THE DREAMING FOR ABRIGINAL PEOPLES.

The Aboriginal people’s inextricable connection to the Land and the natural world provides a link between the people and the Dreaming. This untieable connection dictates their way of life, their Laws, their beliefs, their values and the way in which they treat others individually. This connection has lived and grown within every Aboriginal of different tribes for 40 000 years and are known to have the longest cultural history in the world.

The Dreaming “a reality which consists of the present, the past and the future” (D:\Aboriginal Spirituality mrachmar_com.htme) is not regarded as
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These may include totems, sacred sites and the recollection of creation stories. Also because of the vast diversity of Aboriginal nations, there are many different ways in which they call their Dreaming, but the principle belief is similar. An example of this is the Ngaanyatjarra people from the Gibson Desert. They call their Dreaming “Tjukurrpa” (Thompson, L. 1998, Fighting for survival, The Ngaanyatijarra of the Gibson Desert, Heinemann Library, Melbourne).

In addition, aboriginal religion is a fundamental factor in which shapes the way Aboriginals act towards each other and towards the Land their Ancestral being gave them. Religion is a means for people to find answers to life’s big questions. With Aboriginal spirituality, the natural and the supernatural world are extremely closely linked. Aboriginals express their spirituality through ceremonies, symbolism, art and the respect towards sacred sites of the Dreaming.

Sacred sites are places where Aboriginals of different nations hold great respect. They may be land, rock formations, and parts of rivers or seas that are linked to the Dreaming stories. They may also be burial grounds, ceremonial meeting places and other significant places such as birthing caves. Some sites are women’s sacred sites, some are men’s and some are for the entire group.

Each group has their own particular Dreaming unique only to that particular group, and are manifested in many ways, but especially through special ritual actions and

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