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Aboriginal Myths, Legends & Fables

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  34 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A.W. Reed. This book presents a wealth of poetic and imaginative tales from Aboriginal cultural heritage. While retelling the stories simply, this book captures the mystical bonds that exist between Aboriginal people, their environment and the spirit life of the Dreamtime.
Paperback, 412 pages
Published February 1st 1999 by New Holland Publishing Australia Pty Ltd (first published January 1st 1982)
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Emily Van Coolput
Like a number of other people have already pointed out, committing an oral tradition to writing is never an easy task, especially when you're neither part of the culture nor the person who collected the material, and I was left with a distinct impression that some tales had probably been altered or contaminated a fair bit in the edition process. I also feel the distinction between the basic material and the author's explanations could and should have been clearer and the commentary (or lack ther ...more
Octavio Villalpando
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Esta es una colección asombrosa de mitos y leyendas de los habitantes originales de Australia. Cubre todos los aspectos básicos de la cosmogonía original de ese hermoso territorio. Lo que más me ha asombrado es que, una vez que soy un verdadero enamorado de este tipo de expresión, realmente son originales en forma y concepción. Digo, uno puede estar familiarizado con las enseñanzas de las civilizaciones antiguas de occidente y es posible encontrar paralelismos en muchos casos, si bien aquí los m ...more
Apr 13, 2016 rated it liked it
This didn't quite meet my expectations, though I doubt any other book on this subject would. It seems to me that one reason why the First Australians did not have a store of written texts; their culture embraced so many aspects of story telling (dance, song, environment, etc.) into the Dreaming that simple words on a page would never be enough.
I found many explanations of natural phenomena quite profound and different to other cultures I know.
While there will never be a definitive collection of
Paul W
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
There are few anthologies of Aboriginal myths, and Reed’s is an important contribution. The challenge Reed faces is to capture coherently in written form the stories from multiple different cultures which make up Aboriginal Australia, cultures which are based on a spoken language.
Reed notes that he has "had neither opportunity nor ability to collect the legends…at first hand." As a result, something appears to have been lost in the collection and retelling. Reed’s section on Myths is stilted wit
Markus Whittaker
Sep 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The author tended to over-simplify indigenous Australian culture, and represent it as a homogeneous whole. Frequently. But I still found it an interesting and well researched collection.
Apr 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
another good book on aboriginal belief .
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Alexander Wyclif Reed, also known as Clif Reed and A. W. Reed, (1908 – 1979) was a prolific New Zealand publisher and author.

With his uncle Alfred, he established the publishing firm A. H. & A. W. Reed. As an author he was known most commonly as A. W. Reed. Reed wrote many books on topics such as myths, language and place names of both Māori and Australian Aboriginal cultures.
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