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2 Unit Religion Notes Essay

  • Submitted by: luciarose
  • on October 6, 2012
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MODULE 1: Religion and belief systems in Australia post 1945
Contemporary Aboriginal Spiritualities
Aboriginal spirituality as determined by the Dreaming

Issues for aboriginal spiritualities in relation to
  * The effects of dispossesion
  * The land rights movement
Discuss how aboriginal spirituality is determined by the dreaming
  * Kinship
  * Ceremonial life
  * Obligations to the land and people

  * Describes biological and non biological relationships
  * Complex system of family relations (core to the indigenous kinship systems)
  * Define where a person fits into the community
  * Defines roles and responsibilities
  * How aboriginal society is organised
  * The dreaming is different for each kinship group
      * As are the totems, the traditions and customs
  * The dreaming is NOT homogenous (different for each group)
Ceremonial life
  * Enactment of the dreaming
  * There are rite of passage such as initiation, death and burial and periodic ceremonies unconnected with the life style and performed at various intervals or for a variety of reasons
  * Art
      * Important way on communicating, illustrating the actions of the ancestoral beings
      * Have different levels of meaning
  * Stories
      * Dreaming is primary expressed through stories
      * Important tool for the socialisation of aboriginal children
      * Major way of teaching right from wrong
  * Rituals
      * Understood as a moment of reliving in the present moment the creative acitivities of the ancestor spirit
  * Totems
      * Embodiment of an individual in his/her primordial state = represent that person as they existed in the dreaming.
      * Animal
      * Plant
      * Natural phenomena
      * Carry ceremonial responsibilities commonly known as balance rites
Obligations to the land
  * Responsibility to care and nurture it
  * Land regarded as a sacred trust, to be...

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