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Religion, belief and action: the case of Ngarrindjeri women's business on Hindmarsh Island, South Australia, 1994-1996

Weiner, James F


The question of what role beliefs play in the description of a culture or a religious system, and whether beliefs as such can be 'tested', arose during a dramatic State Royal Commission into an Aboriginal sacred site claim in South Australia in 1995 focused on the proposed Hindmarsh Island-Goolwa bridge. In this paper I examine some aspects of the legal and anthropological defence of the claim and suggest that insufficient distinction was made between belief as an interior subjective state, and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2002
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Anthropology, The


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