Perindi and Harrimiah single work   prose   Indigenous story  
Issue Details: First known date: 1930... 1930 Perindi and Harrimiah
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'The story of Perindi and Harrimiah teaches Aboriginal girls and boys two lessons. One, that they should not become victims to flattery... the second lesson is meekness and humility as expressed in the character of Harrimiah. Unlike Perindi, Harrimiah did not allow pride to dominate him. He mastered it and put it in subjection. He would rather have died than have cultivated a revengeful spirit.' (Source: footnote from Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines 1930)

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    y Myths and Legends of the Australian Aborigines Myths & Legends of the Australian Aboriginals Alice Bolingbroke Woodward (illustrator), W. Ramsay Smith , David Unaipon , London : Harrap , 1930 6080162 1930 selected work prose dreaming story

    This 1930s publication describes the legends of the Australian Aborigines located in the southeast corner of Australia near the Murray River. It covers a range of narratives from the creation stories to those of witchcraft, and explanations of landmarks. (Source: Preface).

    London : Harrap , 1930
    pg. 294-301

Works about this Work

Australian Aboriginal Stories and Psychopathology Saxby Pridmore , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Asian Journal of Psychiatry , December vol. 2 no. 4 2009; (p. 139–142)

'Aim

'To examine for evidence of the persistence of psychopathology over millennia. The Australian Aboriginals have the oldest continuous culture on Earth.

'Method

'Australian Aboriginal stories were examined for evidence of behavior which could be understood in terms of current psychopathology. Efforts were made to avoid the confounds of culture.

'Results

'Parts of stories were located which were consistent with (1) odd thinking and speech, inappropriate affect, eccentric behavior, and lack of close friends, (2) unexpected grandiosity and irritability in one twin, with pathologically low mood and suicide in the other, (3) sick role behavior and (4) malingering.

'Conclusion

'Certain aspects of human psychopathology have persisted for millennia.' (Publication abstract)

Australian Aboriginal Stories and Psychopathology Saxby Pridmore , 2009 single work criticism
— Appears in: Asian Journal of Psychiatry , December vol. 2 no. 4 2009; (p. 139–142)

'Aim

'To examine for evidence of the persistence of psychopathology over millennia. The Australian Aboriginals have the oldest continuous culture on Earth.

'Method

'Australian Aboriginal stories were examined for evidence of behavior which could be understood in terms of current psychopathology. Efforts were made to avoid the confounds of culture.

'Results

'Parts of stories were located which were consistent with (1) odd thinking and speech, inappropriate affect, eccentric behavior, and lack of close friends, (2) unexpected grandiosity and irritability in one twin, with pathologically low mood and suicide in the other, (3) sick role behavior and (4) malingering.

'Conclusion

'Certain aspects of human psychopathology have persisted for millennia.' (Publication abstract)

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