Introduction

Aboriginal Australians living in their traditional societies have found the answers to where they came from, how they came, and how they live now from the Dreaming. The Dreaming deals with space and also time, and takes in both the past and the present. The concept of the Dreamtime recalls a majestic and sacred time in the remote past when the spirit ancestors came upon the Earth. However, for Aboriginal peoples, the Dreaming also continues today: it is the bond between that eternal moment of Creation and the particular area of land, or the specific totemic plants and animals, which symbolise the vital link with the Beginning.

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