B 505: Lecture on the Aborigines of Australia and papers on Wirradhurrei dialect, 1837-1840

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ascertained that a higher purer notion exists among these Blacks, though it may not be so generally believed as the notion of evil spirits They believe in a superior being whom they call Baiamai. This Baiamai they believe to be altogether a good spirit possessed of superior powers. I will give you a description such as the Blacks gave me of this Baiamai in their own simple way of expressing these ideas. Baiamai is altogether good and always likes to do good. He always has been and always will be a [indecipherable] [litterally.?] He always did and always will sit down, that is exist. Whatever he wishes to be done, must be done, he only needs command it and it will come to pass. If he wants bread, for instance, bread is laid before him; if he wants fish, fish will come to him out of the water. Hence you will observe we have in him the attributes of eternity of goodness and of omnipotence. F He is always supposed to have a fan. Sometimes himself

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and sometimes his [fin?] send messages, accompanied usually with a song which they sing in honour of him. When this is done the Aborigines collect generally several tribes

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some resembled human figures, others formed a [tert?] of a [crofs facseren?] to a stick. Pleu were [tolemaz?] & [zezeezestially?] approachable and a [pleáu?] of offerance or two - [indecipherable] made before them. Some of the blacky

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I have a copy, at least a partial copy, was unfortunately in a different dialect, so that neither the George [indecipherable] nor I [indecipherable] make any meaning of it, there being but a few words resembling the Wirradurri spoken at Wellington, The George [indecipherable] communicated to me, on the same occasion, the following respecting Baiamai [indecipherable] their [indecipherable], ' When we die we go to [indecipherable] which is [indecipherable] [indecipherable] the using of the [indecipherable] where Baiamai resides. There [indecipherable] we [indecipherable] (alive with) his [indecipherable] [indecipherable]. In this state we cannot see Baiamai, But a [indecipherable] length of time we shall all be struck dead again by the word of Baiamai', [indecipherable] When [indecipherable] away on the [indecipherable], some huge animals in shape something like a dog will come to lick our faces and so raise us to life again [indecipherable] we shall have much [indecipherable] & larger bodies. In this new body we shall be permitted also to see Baiamai, but let me add that these Aborigines entertain little or no hope

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that the women [indecipherable] [indecipherable] shall [indecipherable] [indecipherable] expect for themselves a peace of [indecipherable] paradise, for a new race of women for [indecipherable] much more beautiful shall be [indecipherable] for them who are said to be descended from the race of the Barrabin [indecipherable] beings residing with the deity Baiamai. It was particularly [indecipherable] me not to divulge this secret respecting the women.

I am not [indecipherable] that [indecipherable] this belief had any great [indecipherable] inflence upon them, but they have some idea that those who have led a good life would fare better than others.

I would [indecipherable] in conclusion that these are [indecipherable] their own original [indecipherable] not any thing derived from their intercourse with Europeans since though [indecipherable] are very doubtful as [original text crossed out: to who made them [indecipherable] the world]the father of all things they fancy that much like Baiamai made originally all, Now whatever errors cannot [indecipherable] [original text crossed out: they may have mixed up] may adhere to this their belief, we cannot

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