Dreamtime and dreaming

    What is the difference between 'The Dreaming' and 'The Dreamtime' in Aboriginal culture?

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    "Dreaming" is also used to refer to an individual's or group's set of beliefs. For instance, an indigenous Australian might say that he or she has Kangaroo Dreaming, or Shark Dreaming, or Honey Ant Dreaming, or any combination of Dreamings pertinent to their country. This is because in "Dreamtime" an individuals entire ancestry exists as one, culminating in the idea that all worldly knowledge is accumulated through one's ancestors. Many Indigenous Australians also refer to the Creation time as "The Dreaming". The Dreamtime laid down the patterns of life for the Aboriginal people.[1]

    Dreamtime:  In the animist framework of Australian Aboriginal mythologyDreamtime is a place beyond time and space in which the past, present, and future exist wholly as one. Tribes-people could enter this alternate universe through dreams or various states of altered consciousness, as well as death, Dreamtime being considered the final destination before reincarnation. 

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