Meteoritics and cosmology among the Aboriginal cultures of Central Australia

Duane W. Hamacher

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The night sky played an important role in the social structure, oral traditions, and cosmology of the Arrernte and Luritja Aboriginal cultures of Central Australia. A component of this cosmology relates to meteors, meteorites, and impact craters. This paper discusses the role of meteoritic phenomena in Arrernte and Luritja cosmology, showing not only that these groups incorporated this phenomenon in their cultural traditions, but that their oral traditions regarding the relationship between meteors, meteorites and impact structures suggests the Arrernte and Luritja understood that they are directly related.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3743-3753
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of cosmology
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • ethnoastronomy
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • meteoritics
  • meteors
  • meteorites
  • impact craters


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