Outline the nature of the dreaming in relation to:
Origins of the universe
Stories of the dreaming
Symbolism and art
The nature of the dreaming is relating to the origins of the universe, sacred sites, stories of the dreaming and symbolism and art. All of these topics are relating to the Aboriginal concept of the dreaming, which relates to the creation of the universe.
The origins of the universe refer to the dreaming, which is a term used by Aboriginals to describe the relations and balance between the spiritual, the natural and the moral elements of the world. It is related to a period from the origin of the universe to a time of creator ancestors and supernatural beings.
Aboriginal people believe that all of the physical manifestations of the natural order, that is perceived as the tangible reality around us, are informed by the sacred, the numinous, which is composed around the concept of the dreamtime. An example of a sacred site would be Uluru, or Ayers Rock, which is the most prominent feature in the central Australian landscape and a crossroads for many Dreaming tracks.
Aboriginal people have a long artistic tradition with which they use conventional designs and symbols. These designs are applied to any surface, including bodies for Aboriginal rites and ceremonies. Stories of the dreaming are stories that explain or try to explain the origins of the universe. This includes the story of the rainbow serpent, which is connected to the Dreamtime, and explains that the Rainbow serpent moved through the land, shaping the terrain as the Wanjina were active in the skies. Most Dreamtime stories indicate that the features of the land are the most visible signs of the past activities of ancestral beings.