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Aboriginal Dreamtime Boomerang + Snake Metal Pin

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This is a very interesting pin on offer here.

Condition is reasonable for its age as per the picture.

This pin would probably be of 1970’s vintage  as it was part of a lot  from Europe which held other pins from that era. 

The design elements depict a rainbow serpent snake overlayed on a boomerang which bears Aboriginal design motifs.

The Australian Aboriginies have a fascinating culture which keeps their stories and memories alive using tales of the Dreamtime.

This pin back badge is the only one we have ever come across and would imagine that it is a long time withdrawn from general sale. 

A really unique piece of Australiana.

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Design

Enameled metal lapel pin as per the pictures.

History

In the animist framework of Australian Aboriginal mythology, The Dreaming is a sacred era in which ancestral Totemic Spirit Beings formed The Creation.  “Dreaming” is also often used to refer to an individual’s or group’s set of beliefs or spirituality. For instance, an indigenous Australian might say that he or she has Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings pertinent to their “country”. Many Indigenous Australians also refer to the Creation time as “The Dreaming”. The Dreamtime laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people.  Dreaming stories vary throughout Australia, with variations on the same theme. For example, the story of how the birds got their colours is different in New South Wales and in Western Australia. Stories cover many themes and topics, as there are stories about creation of sacred places, land, people, animals and plants, law and custom. It is a complex network of knowledge, faith, and practices that derive from stories of creation. It pervades and informs all spiritual and physical aspects of an indigenous Australian’s life. They believe that every person essentially exists eternally in the Dreaming. This eternal part existed before the life of the individual begins, and continues to exist when the life of the individual ends. Both before and after life, it is believed that this spirit-child exists in the Dreaming and is only initiated into life by being born through a mother. The spirit of the child is culturally understood to enter the developing fetus during the fifth month of pregnancy. When the mother felt the child move in the womb for the first time, it was thought that this was the work of the spirit of the land in which the mother then stood. Upon birth, the child is considered to be a special custodian of that part of his country and is taught the stories and songlines of that place. As Wolf states: “A black ‘fella’ may regard his totem or the place from which his spirit came as his Dreaming. He may also regard tribal law as his Dreaming.”  It was believed that, before humans, animals, and plants came into being, their ‘souls’ existed; they knew they would become physical, but not when. When that time came, all but one of the ‘souls’ became plants or animals, with the last one becoming human and acting as a custodian or guardian to the natural world around them. Traditional Australian indigenous peoples embrace all phenomena and life as part of a vast and complex system-reticulum of relationships which can be traced directly back to the ancestral Totemic Spirit Beings of The Dreaming. This structure of relations, including food taboos, had the result of maintaining the biological diversity of the indigenous environment. It may have helped prevent overhunting of particular species.

*All biographical details are taken from Wikipedia for education purposes only

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