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Songlines are ancient energy lines that run between places, animals and people, criss-crossing the entire Australian continent. Far more than just navigational pathways, songlines contain vast amounts of knowledge and information in Aboriginal society. Come travel the multi-dimensional songlines and learn about the real history of Australia and the world's oldest continuing ancient culture.

Mar 22, 2018

In this incredible first episode, Dr Lynne Kelly discusses how oral (non-literate) societies used songs, stories and other memory aids to pass down vast amounts of knowledge and information necessary for the survival of their culture over many millennia.

Topics include:

  • Non-literate (oral) vs literate societies;
  • Sub-headings in songlines;
  • Rights to and responsibilities for the many layers of knowledge;
  • Knowledge as power; 
  • Types of information embedded in songs and landscape;
  • Education in schools, and the importance of story and song;
  • Portable memory devices, e.g. Aboriginal tjuringa/churinga and African lukasa;
  • Other memory devices, e.g. Stonehenge;
  • Sky as a memory aid; and
  • Ageing and dementia. 

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