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BITS OF CULTURE - Australia
 
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Cultural Values
  • Many Australians (Aboriginal and European origin alike) believe that a woman will become pregnant if her lips ever come in contact with the instrument called Didgeridoo. Traditionally, only males are allowed to play the didgeridoo in Aboriginal society.
  • According to Aboriginal belief, all life as it is today - Human, Animal, Bird and Fish is part of one vast unchanging network of relationships which can be traced to the great spirit ancestors of the Dreamtime. The Dreamtime continues as the "Dreaming" in the spiritual lives of aboriginal people today.
  • There is an emphasis on leisure activities and outdoor recreation. Great pleasure is taken in traditional backyard barbecues, bush picnics, and a wide range of organized sports, including soccer, Australian Rules football, cricket, tennis, baseball, basketball, volleyball, netball (a game similar to basketball, played by women), athletics, cycling, boating, swimming, horseback riding, and horse racing. Fishing and gardening are popular activities.

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Main Religion & Death Concepts/Rituals
 
Health Care Values

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Diet
  • Australia has few meals that are recognized as Australian and which can be found in the majority of Australian households. One of the very few is the 'Vegemite Sandwich' which is a spread from one of the richest known natural sources of the vitamin B group, brewer's yeast.
  • Bush Tucker is a term used to describe the immense variety of herbs, fruits, vegetables, animals, etc., that are native to the country. Tucker is another word for food. Amber fluid is another way to term beer.
  • Sometimes Australians take a light meal in the afternoon, which they call a tea. This term can also refer to the main evening meal

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Interesting Facts
  • Aussies are world-beaters in cricket, rugby league, rugby union, swimming and cycling.
  • Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. Australia is an island, surrounded by water. It is located on the smallest continent in the world.
  • The Southern Cross constellation has long been a symbol of Australia, and the ensign reflects the country’s British heritage. The seven points of the largest star represent the six Australian states and the territories.

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