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Australian Legendary Tales

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Language: English
Wordcount: 33,720 / 99 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 47.9
LoC Category: GR
Downloads: 6,813
mnybks.net#: 5468
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Myth
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ople may live in a country and yet know little of the aboriginal inhabitants; and though there are probably many who do know these particular legends, yet I think that this is the first attempt that has been made to collect the tales of any particular tribe, and publish them alone. At all events, I know that no attempt has been made previously, as far as the folklore of the Noongahburrahs is concerned. Therefore, on the authority of Professor Max Muller, that folk-lore of any country is worth collecting, I am emboldened to offer my small attempt, at a collection, to the public. There are probably many who, knowing these legends, would not think them worth recording; but, on the other hand, I hope there are many who think, as I do, that we should try, while there is yet time, to gather all the information possible of a race fast dying out, and the origin of which is so obscure. I cannot affect to think that these little legends will do much to remove that obscurity, but undoubtedly a scientific and patient stu

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Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
2012.01.19
stevojm
*****

A great enjoyable read, considering that I had no idea about the origins of some of these objects or animals whilst living in my own country, Australia. A must read for any Australian who is interested in Aboriginal culture.


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