Men's Business, Women's Business

The Spiritual Role of Gender in the World's Oldest Culture
By (author) Hannah Rachel Bell
Men's Business, Women's Business
The Spiritual Role of Gender in the World's Oldest Culture
By (author) Hannah Rachel Bell

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Pages : 208

Book Size : 6.00 x 9.00

ISBN-13 : 9780892816552

Imprint : Inner Traditions

Release Date : October 01, 1998

Format : Paperback Book

In Aboriginal culture, an almost total division of responsibility between genders enables both men and women to respect the power, wisdom, and essentiality of the other. Hannah Rachel Bell presents the experience of 25 years living in this society, in which every action is governed by the laws of nature and myth, rather than those of commerce and politics.
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About Men's Business, Women's Business

 
Beautiful stories of life in Australian Aboriginal society--where gender influences every aspect of existence--that show a new way to find happiness in our modern Western culture 


• Follows an Australian Aboriginal boy and girl from childhood through adolescence, adulthood, old age, and death, contrasting their experiences with those of ours at the same life stages 


• Presents the experience of living in a society in which every action is governed by the gender laws of nature and myth, and offers us ideas for the conduct of our lives 


For thousands of years the Ngarinyin Aboriginal culture of Australia has existed with almost a total division of responsibility between genders. This division enables both men and women to respect the power, wisdom, and essentiality of the other because only when the two genders work in harmony does their culture function as it should. 

When Hannah Rachel Bell, a committed activist and feminist, first encountered this culture in the 1970s she resisted such blatant gender division. But over her 25-year collaboration with the well-known Aboriginal Lawman David Mowaljarlai she found her beliefs challenged and finally changed. In this book Bell presents the experience of living in a society in which every action is governed by the laws of nature and myth, rather than those of commerce and politics. She offers modern people ideas for the conduct of their lives by raising awareness of the cultural processes and institutions that affect men's and women's authority, sovereignty, and the fulfillment of their birthright. It is a journey that, if traveled collectively, could change the direction and experience of modern culture.

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Table of content

Acknowledgments

Introduction: The Formation of Identity


1   Introduction to the Ngarinyin
  The Seed: Conception and Birth
3   Wuudu Time: Early Childhood
4   Metamorphosis: Adolescence
5   Coming of Age: Early Adulthood
  Acquiring Wisdom: Maturity|
7   Jouney to Dulugun: Death
8   Two-Way Thinking
9   Law in the Mythic
10  Converging Paradigms

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Author Bio
Hannah Rachel Bell who served as consultant to the Western Australian and Northern Territory governments on cocultural development with the Aborigines of northern Australia, now devotes all her time to the Aborigine Bush University and is one of Australia’s most sought-after speakers on the current issue of reenvisioning Australian society and land rights to include the native peoples. She lives in Western Australia.
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RELATIONSHIPS / INDIGENOUS CULTURES

For thousands of years the Ngarinyin Aboriginal culture of Australia has existed with almost total division of responsibility between the sexes. Rather than making one gender feel superior to the other, however, this division enables both to respect the power, wisdom, and essentiality of the other. The Ngarinyin Law of Relationship holds that in all of nature there are two parts to everything and only when the two work in harmony does the world function as it should.

When Hannah Rachel Bell, a committed feminist and activist, first encountered this culture in the 1970s, she resisted such blatant gender division. But over her twenty-five-year collaboration with one of the last great Aboriginal Lawmen, David Mowaljarlai, she found her politically correct beliefs challenged and finally changed by an incredible sense of empowerment and joy that came from embracing a tradition that drew on thousands of years of biological and mythological continuity. Men’s Business, Women’s Business presents the experience of living in a society in which every action is governed by the laws of nature and myth, rather than those of commerce and politics. In the Ngarinyin tradition, each chapter is presented as a story, following Aboriginal boys and girls from childhood through adolescence, adulthood, old age, and death and contrasting their experiences with those of First Worlders at the same life stages.

Men’s Business, Women’s Business offers us keys for the conduct of their lives by drawing attention to the cultural processes and institutions that affect men’s and women’s authority, sovereignty, and the fulfillment of their birthright. It is a deeply inward journey that speaks to the soul, a journey that, if traveled collectively, could change the direction and experience of modern culture.

HANNAH RACHEL BELL, who served as consultant to the Western Australian and Northern Territory governments on cocultural development with the Aborigines of northern Australia, now devotes all her time to the Aborigine Bush University and is one of Australia’s most sought-after speakers on the current issue of reenvisioning Australian society and land rights to include the native peoples. She lives in Western Australia.

 

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