Dreamtime Moon: Aboriginal Myths of the Moon

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Reed Books, 1996 - Aboriginal Australians - 79 pages
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In Aboriginal Australia, the creation of the world took place in the Dreamtime - an epoch when supernatural beings rose to create the world. The stories of Dreamtime are the foundations of all social and religious life. They recount the journeys of the primordial beings and show how the landscape was shaped, how fire was created, how plants, animals and humans were made, and how necessities such as spears and grinding stones were invented to help Aboriginal men and women with their daily lives. This book presents a rich collection from the Australian past, in which the author retells the stories of an ancient tradition and compares their underlying themes with a selection of myths and Moon lore from around the world. Some are children's stories and some are efforts to explain the natural world. Each story is illustrated by the paintings of the late Ainslie Roberts.

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