The Dawn of Winanga-li
The fourth and final movement, although only three minutes in duration, beautifully embodies the topic of God and mythology.
cultures, people have asked the eternal questions about who they are, why
we are alive today, and what is our purpose on this Earth. It is these
questions, and the answer that arise in response to them, that give our
lives meaning. Traditional Aboriginal people seem to have no need of these
questions in a philosophical sense; they know who they are and where they
came from because they accept as absolute truth the events of the
Dreamtime and stories of their Spirit Ancestors.
At this time of global ecological crisis, and a loss of and conflict with, spiritual beliefs, there is much that indigenous peoples the World over can teach us, for their spiritual traditions invariably reflect a deep and profound bond with the Earth. These traditions also embody an intimate knowledge, accumulated over millennia, of the workings of the natural world. They recognise that the World was shaped by forces far greater than humankind, and will continue long after we have each departed this planet.
Australian Aboriginal cosmology, everything and everybody,
Winanga-li reflects on these beliefs.