All Hail to the Babemba!

From Spiritual Ecology: The Babemba tribe of Africa believes that each human being comes into the world as good. Each one of us only desiring safety, love, peace and happiness. But sometimes, in the pursuit of these things, people make mistakes. When a person acts irresponsibly or unjustly, he/she is placed in the center of the […]

Aboriginal Hunting Practice Increases Animal Populations.

From Burning approach mixing practical philosophy and knowledge leads to near doubling of lizards and improves habitat. In Australia’s Western Desert, Aboriginal hunters use a unique method that actually increases populations of the animals they hunt, according to a study co-authored by Stanford Woods Institute-affiliated researchers Rebecca and Doug Bird. Rebecca Bird is an associate […]

Aboriginal spirituality involves the land.

From Aboriginal spiritual beliefs are invariably about the land Aboriginal people live on. It is ‘geosophical’ (earth-centred) and not ‘theosophical’ (God-centred). The earth, their country, is “impregnated with the power of the Ancestor Spirits” which Aboriginal people draw upon [2]. They experience a connection to their land that is unknown to white people. A […]

The Aboriginal Perspective.

From The traditional Aboriginals are not ‘goal oriented’ in the same way that we Westerners are programmed to be from childhood, nor do they attempt ‘to push the river’ which they know with absolute certainty is an exercise in absolute futility. In Miriam Rose’s words: “We are like the tree standing in the middle […]

Mister Big Child.

No, at the risk of annoying you, I shall never relent in my praise of Marlo Morgan’s book: Mutant Message Down Under. Among the many Aboriginal customs she describes there, is one where people change their names, whenever they themselves feel that they have learned an important life lesson, which therefore makes them better human […]

Intolerance – by Oodgeroo Noonuccal. A poem about bigotry and the horrors it creates for the people it is perpetrated against. There is copyright on this and can not be shown here. To read click the link. Oodgeroo Noonuccal (/ˈʊdʒəruː/ /ˈnuːnəkəl/ UUD-gə-roo NOO-nə-kəl; born Kathleen Jean Mary Ruska, formerly Kath Walker) (31 November 1920 – 16 September 1993) was an […]

Aboriginal Wisdom.

I have added a new category to Ralphie’s Portal, which you can see in the title of this post. I am an aficionado of the wisdom of the American native tribes, who have my utter respect, but there is more wisdom to be found elsewhere. Wisdom that I for one have not had the pleasure […]