In other words, a being of the alcheringa never has more than one representative among the living.
The evidence of the Arunta legends as to the customs of the alcheringa, or 'dreamtime,' is 'such stuff as dreams are made of.'
Now, among the Arunta the blacks of to-day are regarded as reincarnations of the alcheringa fabulous ancestors.
So really the alcheringa ancestor is entire in each part of himself which becomes a ratapa.
They are personages wholly comparable to those of the alcheringa.
Yet they are distinguished by special characteristics from their confrères, the heroes of the alcheringa.
It is true that Spencer and Gillen add that these are ancestors posterior to the alcheringa.
In the alcheringa times, the Wollunqua traversed the country in every direction.
Each of these alcheringa ancestors carried about with him or her one or more of the sacred stones called churinga.
The tribal stores of churinga are not the same as the places where churinga were dropped in the alcheringa.