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Australian Aboriginal Myths
Australian Aboriginal myths (also known as Dream time or Dreaming stories, songlines, or Aboriginal oral literature) are the stories traditionally performed by Aboriginal peoples within each of the language groups across Australia.
World Book: Dreamtime
Dreamtime is a fundamental spiritual concept that connects traditional beliefs and practices among the Aboriginal people of Australia. It is also called the Dreaming. According to tradition, the Dreamtime includes an ancient time when the first beings existed. Yet, it is also an eternal aspect of the universe. Stories of the Dreaming form the foundation of traditional Aboriginal society.
Myths and Legends
Dreaming stories pass on important knowledge, cultural values and belief systems to later generations. Through song, dance, painting and storytelling which express the dreaming stories, Aborigines have maintained a link with the Dreaming from ancient times to today, creating a rich cultural heritage.
Use this interactive site to learn more about Aboriginal myths
Information about the rainbow serpent and the creation time myths