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7EN - Early Stories: Dreamtime Stories

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What is the Aboriginal Dreamtime?

Australian Aboriginal peoples believe that the world began with The Dreaming. Stories of The Dreaming tell how the spirits of departed ancestors created humans and the natural world. But Aboriginal peoples believe that The Dreaming is not only in the past. Rather, it has continued into the present, providing values and laws to live by, and will stretch into eternity. By uniting the past, present, and future and linking people with the land and each other, The Dreaming is the very foundation of Aboriginal life. It should be noted that “The Dreaming” is the English term for an Aboriginal concept. Each Aboriginal language group has its own term for The Dreaming.

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