- (often initial capital letter) dreamtime.
Origin of alcheringa
First recorded in 1895–1900, alcheringa is from the Aranda word aljerreŋe
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Examples from the Web for alcheringa
They are personages wholly comparable to those of the Alcheringa.
Now, among the Arunta the blacks of to-day are regarded as reincarnations of the Alcheringa fabulous ancestors.Magic and Religion
The evidence of the Arunta legends as to the customs of the Alcheringa, or 'dreamtime,' is 'such stuff as dreams are made of.'Social Origins and Primal Law
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.
- another name for Dreamtime
from a native Australian language, literally: dream time
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