Asked in History of AustraliaAustraliaAncient ReligionsIndigenous Australians
Why is there a warning for Aboriginal and Torres Strait islanders at the start of some documentaries regarding images and voices of dead people?
January 04, 2012 1:04AM
Speaking the names of people who have died, or seeing any photographs (images) of them when they're dead is "taboo" in the Australian indigenous cultures. The warning is there so that indigenous people who still hold these traditional values do not accidentally see or hear images and voices, and are therefore neither offended nor distressed by them.