Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of Australia have a variety of distinct religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs and traditions.

Many of these beliefs centre around the creation of the cosmos, the landscape, people, plants and animals, but also include folkloric tales of heroes and helpful, mischievous and malign spirits. In addition, the Library also holds print resources concerning Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander interactions with post-European contact religions.


Many texts concerning Aboriginal spirituality and religion have been written as anthropological studies.

Informit Indigenous Collection
The Informit Indigenous Collection offers a variety of content on both historical and topical issues within Indigenous studies. It includes anthropological texts, many of which contain information concerning Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander culture and beliefs.

EBSCOHost Electronic Journals Service
Subjects covered include agriculture, education, fine arts, general works, geography, anthropology, recreation, history, language and literature, law, library science, medicine, military and naval science, music, philosophy, psychology, religion, political science, science, social sciences , and technology

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Selected Print Resources

The list below presents a few selected works from the Library's Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander print resources which have a religious or spiritual theme.

The Religions of Oceania (1995)
Includes Aboriginal religious beliefs and practices.
Call number: RF 200.99 S971 in the Main Reading Room Reference Collection

Indigenous creation stories of the Kulin Nation (2010)
Collection of short stories from the Wurundjeri, Boonwurrung, Wathaurung and Taungurung communities of Victoria.

Indigenous Australia and the unfinished business of theology : cross-cultural engagement (2014) Concerns cross-cultural engagement with theology during the post-colonial period. Themes include colonisation, missions, church and The Apology.

Islam dreaming : Indigenous Muslims in Australia (2010)
Explores interactions of Indigneous Australiams with Islam, from pre-European contact trade between Aboriginal people and muslims in the early 1700's, to contemporary worship.