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In the Songlines of Our Past

"The song still remains which names the land over which it sings" Mark Heidegger

The Aborigines of Australia believed that the world was sung into existence and that the strips of land that were walked by their ancestors were marked by distinct songs. Vast amounts of land are marked as sacred Songlines permitted to be tread upon only by those descendants who have re-imagined that song and have heard the echoes of the past.
The Aborigines are not the only people on the planet who are fascinated by their past. Many of us, in one time or another, will try to retrace the steps of our ancestors. No matter where we came from or, why we are- where we are, at some point, we will try to retrace the steps of those who lived before our time and who were connected to us by some close genetic pool.
It might seem strange to think that someone can hear the echo of people who lived in the past in a seemingly barren land as is so much of Australia.
Yet, when we think abo…
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