Gwion Gwion: Secret Pathways

Gwion Gwion: Secret Pathways

by Konemann
     
 

We follow them into the bush. Four lawmen (munnumburra) reveal meanings preserved by the oldest figurative paintings in North Western Australia, known as Gwion Gwion. Their ancient rock art illustrates a distinct society with elaborate dress, and with ceremony and dance that is still celebrated. The world knew nothing about the significance of these enigmatic images… See more details below

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We follow them into the bush. Four lawmen (munnumburra) reveal meanings preserved by the oldest figurative paintings in North Western Australia, known as Gwion Gwion. Their ancient rock art illustrates a distinct society with elaborate dress, and with ceremony and dance that is still celebrated. The world knew nothing about the significance of these enigmatic images until these old men spoke. Their own words combined with photographes record their dulwan mamaa - secret and sacred pathways. Narratives identify the origins of their democracy at the stone table where law began. They teach how nomadic ancestors became inheritors of the country for millennia, with traditional titles and symbols, evolving a complex social system by sharing pattern of marriage with land. As visionary messengers, their laws spread out until they became connected with every living thing. In their country, where water is revered as the source of all life, Gwion Gwion art is alive at the heart of Ngarinyin culture today, as their munnumburra tell us:
"Gwion Gwion was a secret� to protect man� blood� law."

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783829040600
Publisher:
Konemann
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
335
Product dimensions:
9.91(w) x 11.67(h) x 1.13(d)

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