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Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines

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With this colorful compilation of oral traditions, readers can savor tales as they were told by their aboriginal narrators — from reverent recountings of the origins of the world and human life, to stories about the roots of religious and social customs, to fanciful and humorous animal fables.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 11th 2003 by Dover Publications (first published 1932)
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Mel
A couple nights ago I finished reading Aborigine Myths and Legends by William Ramsy Smith, part of Senate Publishing's great Myths and Legends series. This was the secound book on Aborigine myths that I read, the first being written in about 1890 this one was written in 1930. The book was illustrated throughout with pictures of the myth, illustrations of objects used by the aboriginals and reproductions of actual photographs from other books.

The book seemed in parts like an early unscientific e...more
David
This book first published in 1932 describes the legends of the Australian aborigines located in the southeast corner of Australia near the Murray River. It covers the complete range from creation, through witchcraft, through explanations for landmarks. We now know that Australian mythology is unique since it developed in isolation from other human cultures from the time the first modern humans settled in Australia 50,000 years ago.

Some unique features is that the sun as a life giver is considere...more
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