Australia- aboriginal people, traditions and culture

Aboriginal Australians are also called Aborigines, and their name comes from the Aboriginal race of Australia. When you look at them, you might think “Oh, those people are really strange!”, but they are more interesting than you might think. Aboriginal people are thought to be the first one who colonized Australia.

When did they appear? We can’t know for sure, but many people say that they came to Australia 50.000 years ago. However, some scientists think that the Aborigines came 120.000 years ago, but they don’t have any scientific evidences to prove that. Yes, they way older than our parents, and our grandparents, and our great grandparents. 😀

There are over 500 Aboriginal clans and tribes, so we can’t talk about monotony or boredom. Those tribes preserved their traditions and they fascinate us with their bizarre habits. Although each tribe has its own traditions, some of them are generally accepted, like archaic religions. They cherish the worship of ancestors and they believe in the evolution of the soul during their life and after death.

For Aborigines, this is nothing but the result of ancestors and forefathers, so an ideal present is generated by love, care and heroic deeds of all successors, from parents and grandparents, the most distant ancestors. For Aborigines, like many other ancient cultures and populations, the heroic deeds of the ancestors were always remembered with great respect and consideration.

Aborigines believe that every man has a “something” that is eternal. In the aboriginal spirituality, life and death are in perfect harmony until the human spirit returned eternal life in which they occur. For Aborigines former death or separation didn’t mean the end. Death was seen as a step in which the man who emerged from the dreamtime earthly existence through birth, returns there. Relatives of the deceased continued to be part of the community. Sometimes they used to appear in the dreams of those who are still alive to warn them of impending trouble or tell them how to treat a disease.

Australian Aborigines in prehistoric times were apparently the first astronomers of the world, before the Greeks and Indians. They had this occupation for a long time about a few thousand years before the Greeks and they discovered a place called “Aboriginal Stonehenge”.  Nowadays, astronomers still ask themselves many questions about this mysterious place. They wonder how it is that the stones are perfectly aligned with the solstices and equinoxes seasons.

Magic or not? Aborigines left no writings that explain the significance of the whole astronomical or its function, although it is clear that the very old population had vast knowledge of mathematics and astronomy and could make very precise astronomical notes.
However, this might be true because researchers found a crater produced by a meteorite crash.

Enough with the information! Now, we are going to talk about their habits and discover the unexpected treasures of some “primitives”.

Aborigines may have not invented ships, swords, airplanes, tanks, bombs or smartphones, but maybe their state of the soul and spirit is more advanced than ours. All studies in this area have shown that people in ancient cultures live naturally what is called “an undifferentiated mental state” which revealed a more accurate and realistic perception of the surrounding world, compared with people who come from modern cultures. These people live naturally what modern psychologists are struggling to implement in the lives of their patients. For example, an aboriginal has no way to feel isolated, phobic, rejected, depressed, because his mind and soul doesn’t suffer a “rupture” from individuals nor society, nor the surrounding world.

Aborigines did not share the religious life or existence apart, social, artistic life, leisure and privacy. This example can be observed in other archaic or traditional cultures around the world where religious act, work and ground state are strongly interrelated activities. This is probably the reason why traditional Aboriginal societies didn’t know bad things like stealing, violence, aberrant sexual behavior or other antisocial acts nature. The perpetrator was banished from the tribe, and for him this is in fact a heavier penalty than death.

What are you doing when you are sleeping? Aborigines believe that everyone leaves their soul during sleep and go to temporarily dreamtime. Aborigines today are related to the surrounding world in a unique way. For them, the nature of the surrounding desert, rocks, forest, ocean are nothing more than an externalization of the inner world of each individual.

We can’t talk about tradition and habits without talking about food, music and body painting!
Their traditional instrument is didgeridoo, and is used during the cultural ceremonies. They don’t allow women to use. Once, a well-known singer made a big mistake and sang a song using didgeridoo. She didn’t know that women weren’t allowed to use didgeridoo, but her mistake was criticized by Aboriginal community leaders in Australia.

Rituals are important in Aboriginal beliefs and body painting is always present in these rituals. Sometimes they decorated their bodies with cuts whose healing was intentionally slowed to reach a “tattoo made from scars.” This ritual was more common between men, but it applies to some women too. During the festivals, they wore ornaments and they decorated their bodies with lines and points that they seem to have a special significance

Aborigines were also some very good athletes, and they could jump 2.45 meters. Women had an extraordinary power, just like a man.

Sometimes they decorated their bodies with cuts whose healing was intentionally slowed to reach a “tattoo made from scars.” This ritual was more common between men, but it applies to some women too. During the festivals, they wore ornaments and they decorated their bodies with lines and points that they seem to have a special significance

Clothes because of the high temperature, were very few, and they were covering only private parts. Men were wearing a shock / band around the waist, that was made ​​of shells and pearls. “Riji” are associated with water, spiritual powers and healing due their bright color.