Feedback/Notes

 

Latest Activity

Chris B replied to Grinning Cat's discussion Camo Cats in the group Atheist Cat Servants
"a beauty!"
3 hours ago
Ian Mason commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Wow! That certainly shows the power of nature."
5 hours ago
Stephen Brodie replied to Loren Miller's discussion George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992) in the group Quote Of The Day
"If George is right about how we men compensate for our sexual inadequacy by creating bigger and…"
5 hours ago
Stephen Brodie commented on Hope's group Imagine No Organized Religion
"WOTMQ: Is God Evil?"
5 hours ago
Grinning Cat replied to Loren Miller's discussion George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992) in the group Quote Of The Day
"Excellent summary of what ought to be the first concern of any society: "Is everybody okay?…"
9 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Amazing video."
10 hours ago
Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Instruments actually perceived the pressure wave from the first blast in the Mid-West of…"
11 hours ago
Mrs.B replied to Loren Miller's discussion George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992) in the group Quote Of The Day
"Sure wish he'd been cloned a few hundred thousand times!"
11 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Yes, our west coastal areas are warned of tsunami risk."
11 hours ago
Stephen Brodie commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"I know you've probably all seen this before but just been listening to a discussion about the…"
12 hours ago
Grinning Cat replied to Grinning Cat's discussion Camo Cats in the group Atheist Cat Servants
"Another camo cat from cheezburger.com:"
12 hours ago
Stephen Brodie commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
""Botched job," really does say it all "
12 hours ago
Mrs.B commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"Botched job barely covers it."
13 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
""Botched job," indeed.  Considering all the "mistakes" evolution made in…"
15 hours ago
Loren Miller added a discussion to the group Quote Of The Day
Thumbnail

George Carlin - On Why Our Species Is Failing (1992)

Besides being a brilliant comedian and practiced public ranter, George Carlin was a adept student…See More
17 hours ago
Terence Meaden commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"I love this for the power and perfection of the two choice words 'botched job'. Emma…"
18 hours ago
Loren Miller commented on Loren Miller's group Quote Of The Day
"I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of…"
20 hours ago
RichardtheRaelian left a comment for Suzanne Johnson
""Happy Birthday!""
yesterday
Chris B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Good video!"
yesterday
Mrs.B commented on Sydni Moser's group Coffee Break
"Well said, Mr. O'Brien."
yesterday

We are a worldwide social network of freethinkers, atheists, agnostics and secular humanists.

I came across this piece of writing on my peoples religion it gives an insight into the way we viewed the spirit world 

In 2002, Jeannie Herbert Nungarrayi, formerly a Warlpiri teacher at the Lajamanu School in the Tanami Desert of the Northern Territory, where I worked for many years first as a linguist and then as school principal, explained the central Warlpiri concept of the Jukurrpa in the following terms:

To get an insight into us – [the Warlpiri people of the Tanami Desert] – it is necessary to understand something about our major religious belief, the Jukurrpa. The Jukurrpa is an all-embracing concept that provides rules for living, a moral code, as well as rules for interacting with the natural environment.

The philosophy behind it is holistic – the Jukurrpa provides for a total, integrated way of life. It is important to understand that, for Warlpiri and other Aboriginal people living in remote Aboriginal settlements, The Dreaming isn’t something that has been consigned to the past but is a lived daily reality. We, the Warlpiri people, believe in the Jukurrpa to this day.

In this succinct statement Nungarrayi touched on the subtlety, complexity and all-encompassing, non-finite nature of the Jukurrpa.

he concept is mostly known in grossly inadequate English translation as “The Dreamtime” or “The Dreaming”. The Jukurrpa can be mapped onto micro-environments in specific tracts of land that Aboriginal people call “country”.

As a religion grounded in the land itself, it incorporates creation and other land-based narratives, social processes including kinship regulations, morality and ethics. This complex concept informs people’s economic, cognitive, affective and spiritual lives.

Everywhen

The Dreaming embraces time past, present and future, a substantively different concept from populist characterisations portraying it as “timeless” or having taken place at the so-called “dawn of time”. Unfortunately, even in mainstream Australia today, when and where we should know better, schmaltzy, quasi-New Age notions of “The Dreaming” frequently still hold sway.

The Australian anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner conveyed the idea more accurately in his germinal 1956 essay The Dreaming, in which he coined the term “everywhen”:

“One cannot ‘fix’ The Dreaming in time: it was, and is, everywhen” wrote Stanner, adding that The Dreaming “ … has … an unchallengeable sacred authority".

Stanner went on to observe that: “We [non-Indigenous Australians] shall not understand The Dreaming fully except as acomplex of meanings” (my emphasis).

Continue reading the part 1 here

Read Part 2 here

Read part 3 here.

Views: 105

© 2022   Created by Atheist Universe.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Privacy Policy  |  Terms of Service