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A Place for Strangers

Towards a History of Australian Aboriginal Being

A Place for Strangers by Tony Swain
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Many of the elements ascribed to traditional Aboriginal beliefs and practices are the result of contact with external peoples - Melanesians and Indonesians, as well as Europeans. This controversial and provocative 1993 book is a detailed and continent-wide study of the impact of outsiders on Australian Aboriginal world-views. The author separates out a common core of religious beliefs which reflect the precontact spirituality of Australian Aborigines. This book investigates Aboriginal myth, ritual, cosmology and philosophy, and also examines social organisation, subsistence patterns and cultural change. It will be of great interest to readers in anthropology, religious studies, comparative philosophy and Aboriginal studies.
Cambridge University Press; March 1996
317 pages; ISBN 9780511890611
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Title: A Place for Strangers
Author: Tony Swain
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