Origins

UNDERSTANDING

LORE + CULTURE

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 The Indigenous Peoples of the Earth are the ORIGINAL INHABITANTS AND CUSTODIANS by right of birth within their Tribe and Territory. Each tribe and territory has its own LORE + LANGUAGE. This is the highest lore on our planet: THE RIGHT OF ORIGIN. 

Lore is passed on from generation to generation, not just orally, but as a LIVING CULTURE.

The living Culture of each Tribe is the collective expression of all the traditions that are passed to each successive generation according to the Lore of each Tribes’ Country (land). The Lore of each “Country” is determined by the unique “Dreaming” of the Country.  

The “Dreaming” is the original creation lore that is inherent (written) in the living landscape of each unique territory and gives meaning to everything. It is the living memory of the living land.  Dreaming can also be understood as the Genius Loci of a place , or the “Spirit of the Place”. The memory, spirit, and dreaming of each place determines its unique culture, language, ecology, landscape and presence of certain species.  The “Dreaming” of the Country establishes the rules (lore/law) governing right relationship between the people, the land and all things.

“The Australian Aborigines speak of jiva or guruwari, a ‘seed power’ deposited in the earth. In the Aboriginal world view, every meaningful activity, event, or life process that occurs at a particular place leaves behind a vibrational residue in the earth, as plants leave an image of themselves as seeds. The shape of the land — its mountains, rocks, riverbeds, and waterholes — and its unseen vibrations echo the events that brought that place into creation. Everything in the natural world is a symbolic footprint of the metaphysical beings whose actions created our world. As with a seed, the potency of an earthly location is wedded to the memory of its origin. The Aborigines called this potency the ‘Dreaming’ of a place, and this Dreaming constitutes the sacredness of the earth.”
Robert Lawlor – Voices of the First Day

According to the ”natural” law of the Dreamtime, everybody, everything, all time and space is intimately linked to the sacred seed of creation, from which everything has grown and continues to grow. Every thought, footprint, gust of wind, plant or animal that lives, has lived or is yet to live, is seen to impart its own vibration upon the earth, which in turn resounds across all eternity as part of the ongoing creation of the world.

Across time, the Elders of the Tribe become the keepers of the Lore as initiation by their predecessors, and life experience, brings them into deeper and knowing relationship with the original lores/laws, and the “dreaming” of their own Country.  Elders are the wisdom keepers (english phrase) because through story and governance they maintain the unique lore and understanding of their country to pass on to successive generations.

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MAORI WOMEN, HUKA FALLS, AOTEOROA : Photo : Jimmy Nelson Project : Before They

For the Original Custodians :  the LORE is written in the living Land of each place and governs all things and determines the living culture.  The living culture of each tribe, in respect and reciprocity, expresses the living lore unique to each Land.  Elders or wisdom keepers in each tribe carry the deep wisdom unique to their People and their Country to ensure the culture and ways of the people maintain the integrity of the original Creation lore.

This is what has made Indigenous Cultures live sustainably in such immense cultural diversity for time immemorial. Because,  successive generations, under the guidance of wise elders, have lived in accordance with the original  lore of each country to maintain it as it was created on the first day of Creation.

“We have been here since the time before time began. We have come directly out of the Dreamtime of our great Creative Ancestors. We have lived and kept the earth as it was in the First Day.  All other people of the world came from us.”Aboriginal Elder in Voices of the First Day, by Robert Lawlor 

Lore: The learning and transmission of a cultural heritage.

DEFINITIONS

Lore:lɔː/ noun :  a body of traditions and knowledge on a subject or held by a particular group, typically passed from person to person by word of mouth. The english word for Lore is law. 

synonyms:  stories, traditions, folklore, culture, beliefs, sayings,  oral traditionmythology, myths, legends, mythology, myths, legends.
Tradition: trəˈdɪʃ(ə)n:/ noun: the transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way. The English word “tradition” comes from the Latin traditio, the noun from the verb traderere or tradere (to transmit, to hand over, to give for safekeeping); it was originally used in Roman law to refer to the concept of legal transfers and inheritance.[3][4]
synonyms: historical convention, unwritten law, oral history, heritage;

Culture: The accepted and traditionally patterned ways of behaving and a set of common understandings (lore) shared by members of a group or community. Includes land (see “country” below), language, ways of living and working artistic expression, relationships and identity.

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YAKEL VILLAGERS ON TANNA ISLAND , VANUATU : Photo by Jimmy Nelson. Project: Before They

Heritage: That which comes or belongs to one by reason of birth. 

Country: A term used by Aboriginal people to refer to the land to which they belong by way of birth. Aboriginal language usage of the word country is much broader than standard English.

Aboriginal: mid 17th century: from Latin aborigines ‘original inhabitants’ (see aborigine) + -al.

Dreaming: The Dreaming is a term used by Aborigines to describe the relations and balance between the spiritual, natural and moral elements of the world. It is an English word but its meaning goes beyond any suggestion of a spiritual or dream-related state.  Dreaming has different meanings for different Aboriginal/Indigenous groups. The Dreaming can be seen as an embodiment of Aboriginal  Creation which gives meaning to everything. It establishes the rules/lore/law governing relationships between the people, the land and all things for Aboriginal people.  The Dreaming can be regarded as the CREATION LORE of the Earth and of a specific place which determines the Cosmology/perspective and right behaviour of its inhabitants.

Creation kriːˈeɪʃ(ə)n/ noun 
  1. the action or process of bringing something into existence; a thing which has been made or invented, especially something showing artistic talent.
2.  the creating of the universe, especially when regarded as an act of God: everything created; the universe;  the world, the universe, the cosmos.
Cosmology: kɒzˈmɒlədʒi/ noun : the science of the origin and development of the universe; a belief, an account or theory of the origin of the universe.Tribe:  a social group,  or tribal societies organized largely on the basis of social, especially familial, descent groups (see clan and kinship). A customary tribe in these terms is a face-to-face community, relatively bound by kinship relations, reciprocal exchange, and strong ties to place.[1]

Custom ˈkʌstəm/ noun: a traditional and widely accepted way of behaving or doing something that is specific to a particular society, place, or time.
Elder1 ˈɛldə/ noun 
  1. people who are older than one.
  2. a leader or senior figure in a tribe or other group.
    “a council of village elders”
    synonyms: senior, old/older person More
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    LIVING LORE :  Darren 18 yrs – Dunghatti Tribe, Pacific Coast of Australia Jan 2015

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