alcheringa [Arunta of Australia, alcheringa], n. 1. The Eternal Dream Time, The Dreaming of a sacred heroic time long ago when man and nature came to be, a kind of narrative of things that once happened. 2. A kind of charter of things that still happen. 3. A kind of logos or principle of order transcending everything significant. v. 1. The act of dreaming, as reality and symbol, by which the artist is inspired to produce a new song. 2. The act by which the mind makes contact with whatever mystery it is that connects the Dreaming and the Here-and-Now.
|Dennis Tedlock||EPC Page, Buffalo Poetics Program Faculty Page, Finding the Center (1999), 2000 Years of Mayan Literature (2010)|
|Jerome Rothenberg||EPC Page, PennSound Page, Poems and Poetics Blog, WikiPedia Entry|