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1. Title Title of document Songs of Central Australia - Restoring the Chain of Memory
2. Creator Author's name, affiliation, country James Cox; University of Edinburgh
3. Subject Discipline(s) Religious Studies; Australian Aboriginal Religions; anthropology
4. Subject Keyword(s) T.G.H. Strehlow; Australian Aboriginal religions; Arrernte; insider/outsider; Songs of Central Australia; A.P. Elkin
5. Subject Subject classification Australian Aboriginal Religions
6. Description Abstract Although he wrote numerous articles, delivered many public lectures and participated in discussions about the changing condition of Australian Aboriginal peoples, Strehlow’s most significant academic contribution to interpreting Arrernte culture and society is found in the publication Songs of Central Australia (1971), described by A.P. Elkin as Strehlow’s ‘magnum opus’. In addition to containing insight into the religion and society of the peoples of Central Australia, Songs of Central Australia recounts in Arrernte and in English sacred songs and chants performed during secret ceremonies. By presenting details of the songs chanted during major rituals, Strehlow enabled his readers to see Arrernte religion in practice. As such, for the outsider, unfamiliar with the Indigenous language, it offers a living picture of the content and meaning of the principal religious ceremonies of the Arrernte. This chapter primarily analyses selected ‘songs’ recorded and described by Strehlow, with a particular focus on initiation and increase rituals.
7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 26-Mar-2018
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.27447
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Restoring the Chain of Memory
16. Language English=en en
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) Australia,
twentieth century
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd