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  1. (often initial capital letter) dreamtime.

Origin of alcheringa

First recorded in 1895–1900, alcheringa is from the Aranda word aljerreŋe
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Historical Examples

  • They are personages wholly comparable to those of the Alcheringa.

    The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life

    Emile Durkheim

  • Now, among the Arunta the blacks of to-day are regarded as reincarnations of the Alcheringa fabulous ancestors.

  • The evidence of the Arunta legends as to the customs of the Alcheringa, or 'dreamtime,' is 'such stuff as dreams are made of.'

  • So really the Alcheringa ancestor is entire in each part of himself which becomes a ratapa.

  • In other words, a being of the Alcheringa never has more than one representative among the living.

British Dictionary definitions for alcheringa


  1. another name for Dreamtime

Word Origin

from a native Australian language, literally: dream time
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