A Place for Strangers: Towards a History of Australian Aboriginal Being

A Place for Strangers: Towards a History of Australian Aboriginal Being by Tony Swain

Title: A Place for Strangers: Towards a History of Australian Aboriginal Being
Author: Tony Swain
ISBN10: 0521446910
ISBN13: 978-0521446914
Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 30, 1996)
Language: English
Subcategory: Social Sciences
Size PDF: 1580 kb
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Rating: 3.5/5
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Pages: 316 pages
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A Place for Strangers: Towards a History of Australian Aboriginal Being by Tony Swain


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Many of the elements ascribed to traditional Aboriginal beliefs and practices are the result of contact with external peoples--Melanesians and Indonesians, as well as Europeans. This controversial and provocative book is the first detailed and continent-wide study of the impact of outsiders on Australian Aboriginal worldviews. The author separates out a common core of religious belief that 1111 precontact spirituality of Australian Aborigines more concerned with place than with any philosophy of time or origins. A Place for Strangers investigates Aboriginal myth, ritual, cosmology and philosophy, and also examines social organization, subsistence patterns and cultural change. It will be of great interest to readers in anthropology, religious studies, comparative philosophy, Aboriginal studies and Australian history.