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Aranda also known as “Arunta” Pitek, Emily


The Aranda are the aboriginal Australians who speak dialects of the same language group, and have lived in Australia for at least 20,000 years (Morton, 1996). This entry focuses on the Aranda living in the Alice Springs region of central Australia, ca. 1896, prior to extensive European and missionary influence. European contact began in the 1860s, but the effects of Christian missionaries were only marginal at the time and place this entry is concerned with. At this time, the religious group can be considered coterminous with the society at large, as religious beliefs and practices permeated most aspects of life. Key aspects of these beliefs include an extensive mythology of totemic ancestors, the presence of supernatural beings, medicine men, as well as ceremonial practices.

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