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Subject Religion

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631181392.1995.x


[ xxix ] In the northern Kimberley region of Western Australia the name wondjina (or wandjina ) is given to the ancestral spirit beings of the so-called Dreaming (here named ungud; see (A ltjiranga ). They are depicted in famous cave paintings (noted by George Grey in 1838), and are believed to have each imprinted their own image in these pictures and to continue their existence through them. Each has a nose and eyes but no mouth or sexual characteristics. Rituals for the increase of natural species are connected with them as totemic ancestors ( see A ustralian religion ). [21: 219–23; 22: 120; 28] ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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