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Aboriginal Stories of Australia (Aboriginal Library) Paperback – April 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-1876334178 ISBN-10: 1876334177

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  • Series: Aboriginal Library
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd (April 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1876334177
  • ISBN-13: 978-1876334178
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.5 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book gives you a good picture of the aboriginal totemic "mythology", including their creation myths. It is really quite amazing as I find myself knowing very little about these people and their culture. The deeper one goes into the aboriginal culture, the more one realizes the tangability of the word "primitive". Obviously, they did not think "primitively" and live in close contact with Nature. Unbelievably close in fact as is shown by the way they have moved around - everything was alive for them, and the surrounding presented a never-ending matrix not to be drained and used, but used sparingly, with permission so to speak. We should heed this in our very busy culture, where simple things as not to break off branches without necessity is often times forgotten.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David on November 28, 2010
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nothing widens one's horizons so well as getting into another culture, and realizing how much of one's own culture is simply arbitrary choices often based on history. These stories are non-Western, from a culture that is very, very non-Western. For that reason alone, they are worth reading. One doesn't understand a culture until one understands its stories. I came to my study of Australian Aboriginal culture from Journey to the Ancestral Self: The Native Lifeway Guide to Living in Harmony With Earth Mother, Book 1 (Bk.1), which was endorsed by an Aborigine, saying, "Yes, this is how we live". Leave behind your Greek mythology, and Western ideas, enter this book with a blank mind, though, as it is just very different, something like the way House of Shattering Light: Life as an American Indian Mystic is different.
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