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The religions of the pre-contact Victorian Aborigines / by Colin Leslie Dean
Bib ID 1730853
Format BookBook
Author
Dean, Colin Leslie
 
Description Geelong, Vic. : Gamahucher Press, 1998 
[24], 181 p. : ill., maps ; 21 cm. 
ISBN 187634704X
Summary

Reconstruction of the pre-contact religious beliefs of the Victorian Aborigines; discussion of the limitations of the sources and the evidence; nature and definition of religion; review of the concept of totemism - totems associated with specific language groups; high beings (Gods) - Bunjil; spirits - bunyip, Myndie (Rainbow Serpent), Loan, various evil spirits; cosmology and mythology; varieties of religious/mystical consciousness; appendices on pre-contact poetry and song, sacred sites, totem centres, cave paintings, possum rugs.

Notes

Includes bibliographical references (p. 180-181)

Subjects Aboriginal Australians -- Religion.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Philosophy.  |  Stories and motifs - Rainbow serpent.  |  Religion.  |  Stories and motifs - Mythological beings.  |  Religion - Totemism.  |  Stories and motifs - Devils, monsters, evil spirits, hairy men, bunyips.  |  Victoria (Vic)
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