Although they take different forms in different areas Aboriginals believe Creation sprits took human and animal form and left rules and laws.
They created features of the landscape as they moved across it. They also left ancestral teachings about tools, hunting laws, ceremonies and a totemic system among the tribes.
This totemic system dictates your place in the tribe and the ownership and responsibility for protecting and passing on each Aboriginal Ceremony.
As the Aboriginals had no written language, the Ceremonies, were the main means of transferring knowledge through the generations.
In the initiation ceremonies young boys begin their journey into manhood.
The boys are often taken into the bush so that the tribal elders can begin the process of passing on the laws relating to their country, spiritual belief and the role and obligations they have within the tribe.
The initiation may take many stages and years until the young males are considered by the tribe to be fully initiated men.