Buy Books about Australian Spirituality
Finding texts about Australian Aboriginal religion in the public
domain was extremely difficult.
There is a landslide of 19th and early 20th
Century books and articles about American and African
indigenous traditions, many treating the subject with
sensitivity and great depth.
Only a few Australian works from this period are available,
and most of them are pretty vague on the details.
Some of this can be attributed to the traditional tribal secrecy,
which is maintained even to this day.
Please be mindful of the historical context in which these books were written.
The obvious problem with these books is that they were
written by White Australians during the early twentieth century.
This material contains racist and sexist
characterizations, inaccurate depictions
of aboriginal life and misrepresentations of their spiritual practices.
Some of these documents contain completely fictional material which was the
invention of the author, and have no actual basis in aboriginal belief or
Descriptions of some of the ceremonies in these documents
or the naming of dead people may regrettably violate Aboriginal tabus.
These texts are provided for scholarly purposes and should not be
considered definitive material on Aboriginal culture, only as
a starting point for discussion.
In short, we encourage you to 'read between the lines'.
by Roland B. Dixon. 
Part five of this book
contains an overview of Australian mythology, as well as
comparative material on other Pacific cultures.
Native Tribes of the Northern Territory of Australia
The Native Tribes of Central Australia
by Baldwin Spencer. 
This massive ethnography is one of the few books in the public domain which details pre-20th Century Aboriginal culture and traditions in a non-ethnocentric perspective.
by Baldwin Spencer and F. J. Gillen 
A primary source for ethnographic information on the Aboriginal culture of central Australia including details of kinship, ceremonies and everyday life.
Works of K. Langloh Parker
Australian Legendary Tales
collected by K. Langloh Parker, Introduction by Andrew Lang. 
This is a turn of the century collection of folklore of the Euahlayi (Noongahburrah).
The Euahlayi Tribe
by K. Langloh Parker. Introduction by Andrew Lang. 
An amateur ethnography of the Eulayhi. This book includes more depth on the culture, spiritual beliefs and ceremonies of the Euahlayi.
The following texts are of historical interest.
The Customs and Traditions of the Aboriginal Natives of North Western Australia
by John G. Withnell 42,061 bytes 
A short amateur ethnography of the Northwestern Aborigines, primarily of historical interest.
The Aborigines of Western Australia
by Albert F. Calvert 
A short amateur ethnography, one of the few to discuss the Western Australian Aborigines, including music notation for several short songs.
Some Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines
By William Jenkyn Thomas 
By C.W Peck