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Where Life Takes Place, Where Place Makes Life: Theoretical Approaches to the Australian Aboriginal Conceptions of Place
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, Religious studies.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this essay has been to relate the Australian Aboriginal conceptions of place to three different theoretical perspectives on place, to find what is relevant in the Aboriginal context, and what is not. The aim has been to find the most useful theoretical approaches for further studies on the Australian Aboriginal conceptions of place.

The investigation is a rendering of research and writings on Australian Aboriginal religion, a recording of general views on research on religion and space, a recounting of written material of three theoretical standpoints on place (the Insider standpoint, the Outsider Standpoint and the Meshwork standpoint), and a comparison of the research on the Aboriginal religion to the three different standpoints. 

The results show that no single standpoint is gratifying for studies of the Aboriginal conceptions of place, but all three standpoints contribute in different ways. There are aspects from all three standpoints revealing the importance of place to the Aboriginal peoples. 

The most useful theoretical approaches for studies on the Australian Aboriginal conceptions of place are: Place as a living entity, an ancestor and an extension of itself; place as movement, transformation and continuity; place as connection, existential orientation and the paramount focus, and; place as the very foundation of the entire religion.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 61
Keywords [en]
place, space, sacred place, sacred space, religion, Dreamtime, Dreaming, Altjiringa, Abiding Events, Abiding Law, Law, Australia, Aboriginal, Indigenous, animism, Arrernte, Aranda, Achilpa, Tjilpa, axis mundi, Mircea Eliade, Jonathan Z. Smith, Tim Ingolds, Tony Swain, Monica Engelhart
Keywords [sv]
plats, religion, Australien, australier, urfolk, animism
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion History of Religions Religious Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-26156OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-26156DiVA, id: diva2:1183034
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Available from: 2018-02-19 Created: 2018-02-15 Last updated: 2018-02-19Bibliographically approved

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