Wise Women of the Dreamtime: Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers

Wise Women of the Dreamtime Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Powers Extending deep into the caverns of humanity s oldest memories beyond years of history and into the Dreamtime this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the ge

Extending deep into the caverns of humanity s oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers The myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spirituExtending deep into the caverns of humanity s oldest memories, beyond 60,000 years of history and into the Dreamtime, this collection of Australian Aboriginal myths has been passed down through the generations by tribal storytellers The myths were compiled at the turn of the century by K Langloh Parker, one of the first Europeans to realize their significance and spiritual sophistication Saved from drowning by Aboriginal friends when she was just a child, Parker subsequently gained unique access to Aboriginal women and to stories that had previously eluded anthropologists.In the stories, women tell of their own initiations and ceremonies, the origins and destiny of humanity, and the behavioral codes for society Included are stories of child rearing practices, young love in adversity, the dangers of invoking the spiritual powers, the importance of social sharing, the role of women in male conflicts, the dark feminine, and the transformational power of language Wise Women of the Dreamtime allows us to participate in the world s oldest stories and to begin a new dream of harmony between human society and nature.

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  1. I came to this book, roundabout, by way of The Unpersuadables The author says our minds turn every experience into story cause and effect, plus emotion He illustrates his point with a comment about Australian Aborigines possessing the oldest continuous cultural traditions in human history all their history, knowledge, law, and philosophy transmitted through countless generations via stories Coincidentally, I recently read that sea level rises which took place 30,000 years ago are clearly recorde [...]


  2. This book is not what I expected which was a scholarly review of some Australian aboriginal stories Instead one gets mostly new age commentary centered around a few very short aboriginal stories By not taking the aboriginal culture on its own terms the author is really showing her disrespect for their traditions This one is not a keeper as much better books exist then this one.


  3. Useful as a source of traditional stories told to 19th century collector Katie Parker by Aboriginal women The problems with the book are two fold First, although Parker made a good faith attempt to make sure her translations were accurate, the stories bear many traces of her Victorian lens Second, the commentaries take a comparative mythological approach which continually veers away from the story images, giving the impression which I m sure was unintentional that their analogs in some way eleva [...]


  4. I found this book very interesting and truly inspiring The stories i.e aboriginal myths are in general very short and for someone who is not part of the culture they would probably stop at that Myths But what brings this book alive are the commentaries that follow each story They are very, very good I think and they go to explain how every single part and action in the story had has a deep meaning to the aboriginal culture regarding the way the view and relate to the universe in general and moth [...]


  5. I guess it should be expected that the only human culture to have continuously existed over 10,000 years maybe over 40,000 years , and without any writing, would have boiled down their observations of the world into some of the most insightful and concise statements This book is a collection of dreamtime stories, each one with brief commentary helping to explain some of the content of the myths I found the commentary to be very helpful, as some of the events in a few of the myths had specific me [...]


  6. This wins the worst book I have read in the last ten years and possibly in my whole life award hands down.The stories themselves are short, largely obscure and often give the impression that most of their meaning has been lost or distorted by repetition or possibly by an unreliable source or collector there are similar issues with a lot of the Grimm tales , but it s mostly the inane commentary that gets this book a well deserved one star If there had been a possibility of giving zero I would hav [...]


  7. Wise Women of the Dreamtime Aboriginal Tales of the Ancestral Power Inner Traditions International, 1993 is a fascinating collection of tales from Australian Aboriginal woman as dictated to a Western woman in the late 1800s Editor Joanna Lambert expands upon these tales by providing commentary and discussion after each tale, focusing on the various folkloric traditions around the globe and emphasizing both the uniqueness of the Aboriginal tales and the similarities the Aboriginal folklore has wi [...]


  8. 3.5 stars I thought the tales and the interpretations were quite fascinating and overall it was an enjoyable and enlightening read, but there were two things that bothered me Firstly, that Lambert referenced Barbara Walker s Women s Encyclopaedia of Myths and Secrets a fair bit, a book with dubious scholarship it seems, and secondly, some of the commentary began to grate after a while While I have nothing against Lambert s earth mother slant, the stereotyping of all women having natural nurturin [...]


  9. This book about the world s oldest society was extremely eye opening for me Living in the US, chasing youth and something elusive that seemed just out of reach, this book showed me that there is to life that material goods The Aborigione are a spiritual people who have been oppressed these stories, gathered at the turn of the last century, give insight to the secrets of the culture and their spiritual sophistication This book touched me deeply, and I have it here on my shelf, within reach, for [...]


  10. Aboriginal stories of women, during the Dreamtime before humans , with commentary, or how it wouldn t happen during humans times because of breaches of protocol The myths were teachings to the people how to do or not to do things.







  11. I enjoyed the introduction the most.The myths are interesting but fail to see paralleling them with western explanations.


  12. We must remove the image of ourselves as victim and in healing our wounds regard them as our initiation and preparation for the struggles ahead Amazing book right place right time right mind


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