A common characteristic
of Aboriginal groups is their similar belief systems which are called
the Dreaming. The Dreaming may be thought of as a religious system but
this does not always convey its true merits. However in a way it is accurate,
as Aboriginal people received a sense of enlightenment through visions
and dreams. They do not like words such as "mythology",
"legends" or "fables" being used to describe the Dreaming.
is equivalent to other religions around the world. Various Aboriginal groups
all have different names for the Dreaming. The Adnyamathanha called their
Dreaming stories 'Nguthuna'. Dreaming stories and characters vary among
Aboriginal groups. Although they may share many of the same beliefs, the
messages and the characters in the stories are different.