Part 1: The people of Eden, Chapter 6: Aboriginal Arts and Music

Part 1: The people of Eden, Chapter 6: Aboriginal Arts and Music

Published July 17, 2009

It is the sacred art of the Aborigines enabling them

to assert their existence in our world is saying

civilized …


The Sacred Art

Art Mimi, is characterized by thread-like silhouettes

This art is attributed to the culture heroes, and is associated with the sacred life force

The painting style “X-Ray”, where internal organs are represented, is used for food and game

It is used in rituals intended to promote the multiplication of the species represented

Wandjina style draws large haloed faces without mouths

These drawings are attributed to the great Ancestors

Before disappearing when they sleep, they were outlined, and then are dissolved, their astral body is thinner in the rock or a water source nearby

These designs have become places of pilgrimage and are regularly repainted

The painting of the Nourlangie Rock, is the mother of the Dreamtime accompanied the people of the stars

In Aboriginal mythology, the time of the dream is distant ideal time in which lived the founding mother

On many Aboriginal sites, there are strange beings like or represented the spirits of the sisters and Djangural Yirmi Nyonong

The theme of the two ancestral sisters, like the serpent rainbow skies are common in Aboriginal mythology and found their pictures painted on several rock art sites


The didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is considered one of the musical instruments the world’s oldest were found cave paintings representative of didgeridoo players

They date back to 30,000 years ago, against 16,000 for Lascaux …

It takes its name from a Western and his attempt to describe the sound that causes the primitive trance

For the Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo is a sacred object creative, given to man to sing and create the earth, sky and stars

They call it Yidaki, Yarak, Magu, Kanbi, Ihambilbig …

Eucalyptus is made of various fibers

As the tree ages, termites or white ants dig in the middle some fibers

We do not know why they do not eat all the fiber

The hollow shaft is selected by tapping them, according to its sound

We removed the bark is scraped termite galleries and add the beeswax or gum eucalyptus at the mouth to ensure a tight seal between the mouth of the musician and the instrument

The latter is then decorated with designs in ocher and clay, drawings totemic symbols relating to Aboriginal dreamtime

Aboriginal men playing this instrument and hitting sticks to accompany the singing and dancing in rituals and festive occasions

Only some tribes forbid women to play the didgeridoo, and only during certain rituals

The didgeridoo has a very wide range of expressive

Musical atmospheres slow and impressive, a major power in the high-spirited merriment even to the point lightness petulant

The growing interest in its unique didgeridoo recently helped the aborigines of Australia won the international recognition of their culture and their history

This instrument is used for many musical styles like rock, pop, tribal, Celtic, New Age, Indian music and many other types of music

It is also used in combination with the voice, percussion, and other instruments


Creation myths of the didgeridoo, Bur Buk Boon

In the beginning, everything was cold and dark

Bur Buk Boon was preparing wood for the fire to provide protection from heat and light to his family

Bur Buk Boon added the wood on the fire when he noticed that a log was hollow and a family of termites was busy nibbling at the soft wood from the center of the log

As he did not hurt the termites, Bur Buk Boon brought the hollow log to his mouth and began to blow

Termites were thrown in the night sky, formed the stars and the Milky Way and lit up the landscape

And for the first time the sound of the Didgeridoo blessed Mother Earth, protecting her and all the spirits of the Dreamtime, with the vibrant sound for eternity …


Creation myths of the didgeridoo, Yidaki

Yidaki, the Aboriginal warrior returned from hunting with a kangaroo on the shoulders

Suddenly he saw a hollow branch and dead on the floor

He took his hands and saw the light through and it was also noted that this branch was inside completely full of small insects, termites

To escape these insects has blown into the branch and found that it did not sound

He really liked the special sound

He also noted that by blowing through the nose and mouth in a circular fashion he could imitate the rhythms and sounds of animals

The warrior then led the industry digs at home to present it to his tribe

They really liked the sound

They began to paint the buche with ocher colored and they danced the “Corroboree” to the rhythms of Yidaki
During his life he learned circular breathing to many young people and this instrument quickly became popular and made part of the culture of the tribe

It was used in ceremonies, dances and to heal people
When the warrior died, his spirit left his body and went into the hollow branch is now called a Didgeridoo

If we put the ear on the mouth of the Didgeridoo and that one is listening in a quiet corner can still be heard playing his instrument Yidaki


Creation myths of the didgeridoo, the campfire

As Aboriginal women took care of food, it was also they who tended the fire for cooking

One day they are prepared for a fire outside their camp by putting the timber in order to obtain a large stack for a campfire

After powering on, the fire produced a stream of air passing through the hollow branches They produced a muffled, rumbling and vibrating

When the women returned to the camp, they told the story to the men, who then tried to reproduce the sound


The bull-roarers

Ngunyari, the hero, speaking through the sound of the bull-roarers

The lozenges: churinga in Australia, or bull-roarers, are among the oldest instruments in the world and known universally among primitive tribes of New Guinea, Australia, Brazil, North America, South Africa

Equipped with a cord, it is rotated above his head, making the air vibrate and create a buzz.

It is a primitive wind instrument, consisting of a plank of wood, bone or metal shaped to the contour sometimes serrated lancet whose main function is linked to ritual
Once the cord was made of women’s hair …

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About DOUGLAS MOONSTONE

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