I've been reading quite a lot about the Dreaming in Indigenous Australian mythology. All Indigenous Australian peoples share this concept of The Dreaming, which I find fascinating, but which I have such a hard time understanding. I can't honestly say I fully comprehend what The Dreaming is, apart that it is a sort of creation myth; a parallel universe (?); a certain concept of time ... Basically, I don't really get it. So I was wondering is someone here could explain it to me, or give me a few reading tips, or whatever. I haven't found (okay, I didn't look for long but whatever ) any threads discussing Aboriginal mythology which is really fascinating and really different from any other mythology. And the Wikipedia articles + the couple of sites discussing it don't really make it any clearer. So. Help! What is the Dreaming (the Everywhen, Dreamtime, however we've tried to translate it) exactly? Is it just a generic word that designates a lot of different concepts in Indigenous Australian myths? And WHY is it so hard for me to understand what it's about?! Also, I've heard that there was a somewhat similar concept in some Native American religions. Is that true?