Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Feelings from Down Under and Food
For Aborigines, food is closely associated with spirituality.
They believe that everything living, including humans, was created by great spiritual beings. A key part of their spirituality is Dreaming, a belief that the great spirits live on in nature and through rituals.
They believe that the spirits do not want them to eat certain foods. Customs of hunting, gathering, preparation, and cooking evolved through their religious beliefs. Each person feels a connection between himself or herself and a particular plant or animal. This special plant or animal is known as the person's totem. Many people do not kill or eat their totems, except during special special ceremonies.