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Australian aborigines in early modern Makassar [EN]

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Su suggerimento di @Omotto Pesuvra

Mike Dash racconta sul suo blog dei frequenti contatti tra la popolazione aborigena australiana e mercanti provenienti dall’arcipelago indonesiano, e di come tramite questi fossero indirettamente collegati a civiltà lontane come quelle di Cina o Giappone.

If there’s one thing that most people think they know about the early history of Australia, it’s that the continent remained suspended, in unchanging isolation, for countless thousands of years before the arrival of the convicts of the First Fleet early in 1788. Cut off from the rest of humanity ever since the end of the last Ice Age, the Aboriginal population lived on for generation after generation in a hazy, mythic stasis: a dreamtime in which the passage of the years, and even the notion of history itself, had practically no meaning. Theirs was a pure, pristine existence; the first Australians were part of the land itself, rather than living off it and exploiting it. And when the British arrived and claimed the continent, they sullied an Eden, degrading the noble savages who lived in it.

 

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