I grew up in Southern Australia on a large barley farm that employs a number of Aboriginal men and women. In the evening after dinner there were 2 options at my house; listen to my dad bitch about his day or sneak on down to the Aboriginal camp and listen to stories and songs about the dreamtime. I elected to do the latter. Actually, dreamtime is not Aboriginal at all. It's the result of a rather poor attempt at consolidating a number of different Aboriginal languages and dialects into a single English translation. You see, all Aboriginal languages are similar, but vary region to region and tribe to tribe within a specific region. To complicate matters, up until about 100 years ago, Aboriginal society had no written language. They communicated via the spoken word, songs and their artwork. Today, English is rather commonplace in Aboriginal society and many Aboriginals use the term dreamtime themselves. While it's still subject to local and regional interpretation, it basically describes 3 things: 1) The story of creation, which aside from timeline, (1 day vs 6), is remarkably similar to the book of Genesis in the Old Testament. Christianity was an easy sell in some Aboriginal communities because of this. 2) The state of the soul, both prior to entering the body and after leaving the body as one life cycle ends and another begins. (Some Aboriginals believe the soul may also inhabit inanimate objects) 3) The ability to communicate, with both divine spirits and departed ancestors via dreams. Hence the term dreamtime. Some, but not all regions and tribes also use the term dreamtime to describe recent history. To this day the dreamtime is still passed one generation to the next via stories, songs and artwork. Traditions fade however and oddly enough, as written communication becomes more and more relied upon, many stories have been lost. So, if there's any interest I'll do my best to answer any questions you might have.