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The Speaking Land: Myth and Story in Aboriginal Australia

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The 195 stories collected in this first anthology of Aboriginal myth were told to anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt, who spent nearly fifty years working among the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

The Berndts developed a system of field research that allowed them entrance into a culture that has been alive for more than 100,000 years: Ronald Berndt met with male storytellers, while Catherine met with the women. The myths they collected come from the oldest collective memory of humankind, describing characters and events of the "Dreamtime"--a time that existed before the material world was formed.

The Speaking Land touches on all aspects of life: creation, natural forces, social rules, and the exotic. Stark, tinged with fantasy, sometimes bizarre, the myths chronicle the actions of the Ancestors, portraying not only beauty and wonder but also scenes of conflict: treachery and theft, jealousy and lust, greed and antagonism, injury and death. The lessons of life implicit in these stories are still reflected in the simplicity and deep spirituality of this culture.

In all of the myths collected here the land is as important as the living characters who travel it. In the Dreamtime creation, mythic, shape-changing characters moved across the countryside, leaving part of their eternal spiritual qualities in the land. Eventually, these characters and forces retreated into the living environment, where they remain today, spiritually anchored. The land still speaks to us, and The Speaking Land will help us understand its language.

Synopsis:

The 195 stories collected in this first anthology of Aboriginal myth were told to anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt, who spent nearly fifty years working among the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

The Berndts developed a system of field research that allowed them entrance into a culture that has been alive for more than 100,000 years: Ronald Berndt met with male storytellers, while Catherine met with the women. The myths they collected come from the oldest collective memory of humankind, describing characters and events of the "Dreamtime"--a time that existed before the material world was formed.

The Speaking Land touches on all aspects of life: creation, natural forces, social rules, and the exotic. Stark, tinged with fantasy, sometimes bizarre, the myths chronicle the actions of the Ancestors, portraying not only beauty and wonder but also scenes of conflict: treachery and theft, jealousy and lust, greed and antagonism, injury and death. The lessons of life implicit in these stories are still reflected in the simplicity and deep spirituality of this culture.

In all of the myths collected here the land is as important as the living characters who travel it. In the Dreamtime creation, mythic, shape-changing characters moved across the countryside, leaving part of their eternal spiritual qualities in the land. Eventually, these characters and forces retreated into the living environment, where they remain today, spiritually anchored. The land still speaks to us, and The Speaking Land will help us understand its language.

Synopsis:

This is the first anthology of Aboriginal myth, collected by anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt during fifty years of work among the Aboriginal peoples.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 428-432) and index.

Table of Contents

List of Myths and Stories

List of Illustrations

Main Story-Tellers

Maps

Foreword

1.   Into a World of Myth and Story

2.   Shaping the Aboriginal World

3.   Snakes and Rainbows

4.   Also there from the Beginning

5.   Shapes in Nature

6.   Breaking the Rules

7.   Eroticism

8.   Dramatic Perspectives

9.   In Search of Meaning

10. Old World, New World

Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780892815180
With:
Berndt, Catherine H.
Author:
Berndt, Catherine H.
Author:
Berndt, Ronald M.
Publisher:
Inner Traditions International
Location:
Rochester, Vt. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature
Subject:
Fairy Tales & Folklore - Single Title
Subject:
Folklore & Mythology
Subject:
Australia
Subject:
Tales
Subject:
Australian aborigines
Subject:
Mythology, australian aboriginal
Subject:
Tales, australian
Subject:
Tales -- Australia.
Subject:
Aboriginal Australians
Subject:
Mythology, Aboriginal Australian
Subject:
Mythology-Folklore and Storytelling
Subject:
Indigenous Cultures
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 4024
Publication Date:
19940931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.2 in 27.475 oz

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Product details 480 pages Inner Traditions International - English 9780892815180 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The 195 stories collected in this first anthology of Aboriginal myth were told to anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt, who spent nearly fifty years working among the Aboriginal peoples of Australia.

The Berndts developed a system of field research that allowed them entrance into a culture that has been alive for more than 100,000 years: Ronald Berndt met with male storytellers, while Catherine met with the women. The myths they collected come from the oldest collective memory of humankind, describing characters and events of the "Dreamtime"--a time that existed before the material world was formed.

The Speaking Land touches on all aspects of life: creation, natural forces, social rules, and the exotic. Stark, tinged with fantasy, sometimes bizarre, the myths chronicle the actions of the Ancestors, portraying not only beauty and wonder but also scenes of conflict: treachery and theft, jealousy and lust, greed and antagonism, injury and death. The lessons of life implicit in these stories are still reflected in the simplicity and deep spirituality of this culture.

In all of the myths collected here the land is as important as the living characters who travel it. In the Dreamtime creation, mythic, shape-changing characters moved across the countryside, leaving part of their eternal spiritual qualities in the land. Eventually, these characters and forces retreated into the living environment, where they remain today, spiritually anchored. The land still speaks to us, and The Speaking Land will help us understand its language.

"Synopsis" by , This is the first anthology of Aboriginal myth, collected by anthropologists Ronald and Catherine Berndt during fifty years of work among the Aboriginal peoples.
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