Going on Walkabout

Written By; Gary Wonning

A Walkabout refers to a rite of passage during which male Australian Aborigines would undergo a journey during adolescence and live in the outback for a period as long as six months.

In this practice, they would trace the paths, or song paths, that their ancestors took, and imitate, in a fashion, their heroic deeds.

.photo of ayres rock, "uluru" in central Australia

The life of the Australian Aborigine

Merriam-Webster, however, identifies the noun as a 1908 coinage referring to “a short period of wandering bush life engaged in by an Australian Aborigine as an occasional interruption of regular work”, with the only mention of “spiritual journey” coming in a usage example from a latter-day travel writer.

To white employers, this urge to depart without notice(and reappear just as suddenly) was seen as something inherent in the Aboriginal nature, but the reasons may be more mundane: workers who wanted or needed to attend a ceremony or visit relatives did not accept employers’ control over such matters (especially since permission was generally hard to get).

They must have had an extreme desire for freedom, going on walkabout surpassed everything else in importance.

In the modern day, many people are going on their own walkabout, discovering why they exist and in the process, finding their true relationship to their God and its creation.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.

Your comments are welcome

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A journey of spiritual discovery

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