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songline Line breaks: song|line
Pronunciation: /ˈsɒŋlʌɪn/

Definition of songline in English:

noun

(usually songlines)
1(In Australian Aboriginal belief) a route through the landscape which is believed to have been travelled during the Dreamtime (or Alcheringa) and which features a series of landmarks thought to relate to events that happened during this time.
Example sentences
  • An expert song-man, by listening to their order of succession, would count how many times his hero crossed a river, or scaled a ridge - and be able to calculate where, and how far along, a Songline he was.
  • Here in Sydney though, this is where the songlines of hundreds of thousands of years really soured for our people.
  • This recognizes that there is a dimension of political identity and boundary marking in songlines.
1.1A traditional song or story recording a journey made during the Dreamtime.
Example sentences
  • The dance became an important part of setting the structure of who we are, what our songs and our songlines are.
  • And all of their dreamtime stories, all of their songlines are all about the plants and the animals and the stories of how everything came to be.

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