Rituals and ceremonial dance are key elements of traditional Aboriginal culture. The professional performing arts group Minjil offers traditional Burning of the Bark rituals in Cairns, Far North Queensland.
Smoking ceremonies (wunyju bayal in Aboriginal language) are used for blessing of new premises, places of significance and cultural activation of new spaces. Very common among all Aboriginal tribes – smoke and fire is used around the world to bond people together, i.e. sit around the fire and bond with your friends.
This process of creating the smoke and the fire is designed to form a connection between peoples, whether it be between companies, businesses or individuals, it is a spiritual connection.
Native Australian plants are smouldered, with the smoke used to cleanse and purify areas, chase away negative energies and evil spirits.
Used in naming ceremonies among Aboriginal tribes when babies are born, elders will put their hands over the fire before putting them on the feet, hands and eyes of a baby.