‘The Dreaming is many things in one. Among them, a kind of narrative to things that once happened; a kind of charter of things that still happen; and a kind of logos or principle of order transcending everything significant for Aboriginal man . . . it is much more complex philosophically than we have so far realised . . . Why the blackfellow thinks of ‘dreaming’ as the nearest equivalent in English is a puzzle. It may be because it is by the act of dreaming, reality and symbol, that the Aboriginal mind makes contact—thinks it makes contact—with whatever mystery it is that connects The Dreaming and the Here-and-Now.’

W. E. H. Stanner : The Dreaming & Other Essays p. 58


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