Howitt points out, which can be twisted into referring even indirectly to their first arrival.
Howitt and Dr Roth appear to have satisfied themselves of a belief, common to most tribes, in a mythic being (he has different names in different tribes) having some of the attributes of a Supreme Deity.
But Mr Howitt finds in this being " no trace of a divine nature, though under favourable conditions the beliefs might have developed into an actual religion."
Howitt, The Native Tribes of South-east Australia (1904) and On the Organization of Australian Tribes (1889); G.
Howitt, Kamilaroi and Kurnai, Group Marriage and Relationship (Melbourne, 1880); H.
Howitt, The Native Tribes of South-East Australia, 394, cf.
Howitt, The Native Tribes of South-Eastern Australia (Lond.
Thus among the tribes of south-eastern Australia described by Mr Howitt, 10 the native rites and laws handed down from generation to generation were supposed to have been first imparted by some higher being such as Nurrundere, who made all things on the earth; or Nurelli, who created the whole country, with the rivers, trees and animals; or Daramulun, who (like Nurrundere) bestowed weapons on the men, and instituted the rites and ceremonies connected with life and death.