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Ancestral Power

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Aboriginal people from different areas of Australia have expressed the idea of ancestral presence as a kind of power that is present in land, certain paintings, some dance performances, songs, blood and ceremonial objects. This complex Aboriginal concept is translated...


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Aboriginal people from different areas of Australia have expressed the idea of ancestral presence as a kind of power that is present in land, certain paintings, some dance performances, songs, blood and ceremonial objects. This complex Aboriginal concept is translated into English as The Dreaming, or The Dreamtime. In Ancestral Power, Lynne Hume looks at the extent to which aspects of the Dreaming may have been linked to experiences in altered states of consciousness. Did Aboriginal people ever employ techniques for entering such states? Could the Dreaming have been based on, among other things, the interface between culture, environment and altered states of consciousness? With these questions in mind, she examines the existing literature on Aboriginal cosmology and practices, together with studies of Aboriginal art, data from anthropologists and ethnomusicologists, and statements by Aboriginal people from many different regional areas of Australia. Ancestral Power suggests that Aboriginal spirituality is much more complex and compelling than the early missionaries could ever have imagined.
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This text examines anew the concept known as "the dreaming" using research on consciousness studies. This examination tackles the thorny subject of Aborigines and religion and offers an alternative explanation of "dreamtime." No previous study has focused on Aboriginal spirituality using a multidisciplinary approach to consciousness. This study details a vast amount of existing documentation, carefully considers what Aborigines have to say about the meaning of "dreaming, " and offers a new interpretation in light of what we now know about consciousness. The author's research also suggests that Aborigines had ways of accessing what many regard as different levels of consciousness.
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"In Ancestral Power, Lynne Hume seeks to further our understanding of human consciousness by looking through a Western lens at the concept of the Dreaming." "She examines the idea that Aboriginal people may have used certain techniques for entering altered states of consciousness. Could their experiences in such states, together with their extensive knowledge of their environment, have helped to create the cosmological scheme we call the Dreaming?" "With these questions in mind, she brings together and examines, for the first time, a wide range of existing literature on Aboriginal cosmology and spiritual practices, together with studies of Aboriginal art, data from anthropologists and ethnomusicologists, and statements by Aboriginal people from many different regional areas of Australia. Much of the information she highlights is little known."--BOOK JACKET. Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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Lynne Hume

Joanne B. Eicher is Regents Professor Emerita at the University of Minnesota. Joanne is Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Dress and Fashion (Bloomsbury and OUP); Series Editor, Dress, Body Culture (Bloomsbury); Author, Editor, Co-Editor, "The Visible Self", (Fairchild); "Dress and Gender" (Berg); "Dress and Ethnicity" (Berg); "Beads and Beadmakers" (Berg); "Mother, Daughter, Sister, Bride" (National Geographic); a wide variety of published articles in professional journals and chapters in books.

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