Definition of ancestor being in English:

ancestor being

(also ancestor spirit)


  • (in Aboriginal culture) any of the beings associated with the creation of the earth in the Dreamtime.

    ‘one of the ancestor beings walked this country’
    • ‘When these Beings are addressed, we are expected to know that the speaker and the ancestor Being are on close speaking terms.’
    • ‘The dreamtime is essentially law passed down from ancestor beings to prescribe how people behave.’
    • ‘The carved stones or boards contained the ancestor being.’
    • ‘The Keeper of Souls gave way to the ancestor being that was summoned.’
    • ‘There corresponds the incorporation in the craftsmen of the characteristics of the ancestor being represented.’