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When worlds of the spirit crossed cultures

p2135-Blind-Moses-cover-smBLIND MOSES: ARANDA MAN OF HIGH DEGREE AND CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST

By Peter Latz. Published 2014. Distributed by IAD Press, Alice Springs.

Reviewed by Russell Guy.

Part historical account of the Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission in Central Australia, part memoir, this book is a great yarn, and follows the long life of a central player, Blind Moses, an initiated Aranda (the author’s preferred spelling) who became a leading evangelist within the region and someone with cross-cultural influence. Latz brings a significant Centralian to light.

Hermannsburg Mission began in 1877, just five years after the Overland Telegraph Station that founded the present day town of Alice Springs.  It became a centre of interest and succour, including for police tracking cattle killers and sometimes, murderers.

Latz details the slow evolution of European law enforcement in dealing with tribal revenge killings, something that the Mission tried to end by spreading the Gospel and describes the tough breed of bush policeman with armed black trackers. I doubt whether America’s Wild West had much on what went on around Hermannsburg.

This is not a politically correct book and the author relates first-hand experiences of growing up on the Mission, including an example of a sacrilegious breach of totemic spirituality, more commonly referred to as ‘the business’ or Dreaming law. Latz records that those missionaries who became familiar, rather than distancing themselves from the sacred, gained respect. (more…)

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BLIND MOSES: ARANDA MAN OF HIGH DEGREE AND CHRISTIAN EVANGELIST By Peter Latz. Published 2014. Distributed by IAD Press, Alice Springs. Reviewed by Russell Guy. Part historical account of the Hermannsburg Lutheran Mission in Central Australia, part memoir, this book is a great yarn, and follows the ...

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