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Maban or Mabain is a material that is held to be magical in Australian Aboriginal mythology. It is the material from which the shamans and elders of indigenous Australia supposedly derive their magical powers.[1]


Known as maparn among the Ngaanyatjarra, practitioners are known as maparnjarra.


  1. ^ Mudrooroo (1996). "Maban reality and shape-shifting the past: Strategies to sing the past our way". Critical Arts. 10 (2): 1–20. doi:10.1080/02560049685310111.
  • A. P. Elkin (1973). Aboriginal Men of High Degree: Initiation and Sorcery in the World's Oldest Tradition. Inner Traditions.
  • Munn, Nancy D. (1984). "The Transformation Of Subjects Into Objects in Walbiri and Pitjantjartjara Myths." In: M. Charlesworth, H. Morphy, D. Bell and K. Maddock, Eds. Religion in Aboriginal Australia: An Anthology. St. Lucia, Queensland: University Of Queensland Press.