Monographic Course - The Songlines - Page seven

In this section, I'm going to try to write an essay on "The Songlines" by Bruce Chatwin, 1988 Penguin Books.

"Music", said Arkady,"is a memory bank for finding one's way about the world".

  • Initiation and Transformation
    Chatwin atonement never actually happened. His particular call, the quest to demonstrate the validity of the nomadic alternative, implicitly prevented him from becoming "at one" with his tranformation. He didn't become a nomad, although he traveled extensively till his last days, and succesfully accomplished the creation of this book. The calls reiterated, and he was never to be in harmony with life. His need of distracion, his imbalance never fainted a bit.

    Atonement is embedded in ancient Aboriginals. They were in full harmony with nature, especially after their walkabout. Even nowadays, those who find enlighment and live traditionally are so at-one with their revelation, that they consider land sacred and might slit a vein on their arm to thank it for the things it gave them.

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