Receive, touch, feel, and give Raypirri

Maratja Dhamarrandji, Jione Havea

Research output: Book chapter/Published conference paperChapter (peer-reviewed)


Identity has to do with the land, which connects Indigenous Australians to the sea, the sand, the plants, the animals, and the fish. There is a delicate relationship between Aboriginal people and these elements. We don't own the land or the sea; we are [of] the land and the sea. The land and the sea is the home of our ancestors. Who we are is about the togetherness of land, sea, ancestors, cultures, ceremonies, and us. This is why we need to pass on our traditions, cultures, and wisdoms to the next generation'so that they stay connected to land. To make that connection, we give Raypirri. This chapter is a theological reflection on this gift, Raypirri, which one generation gifts to future ones.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIndigenous Australia and the unfinished business of theology
Subtitle of host publicationCross-cultural engagement
EditorsJione Havea
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781137426673
ISBN (Print)9781137426666
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

Name Postcolonialism and religions

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