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[choo-ring-guh] /tʃʊˈrɪŋ gə/
noun, plural churinga, churingas.
an object carved from wood or stone by Aboriginal tribes in central Australia and held by them to be sacred.
Origin of churinga
First recorded in 1895-1900, churinga is from the Aranda word jwerreŋe Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Among the Kaitish thunder is caused by the churinga of their “sky dweller,” Atnatu.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • They are: but I was speaking of Australian churinga nanja, of stone.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • (churinga merely means anything “sacred,” that is, with a superstitious sense attached to it).

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • Women may not go near these sacred stores, nor may they see a churinga.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • A woman who has seen a churinga or a man who has shown one to her are both put to death.

  • A man's churinga is not, to him, like the egg in which was the life of the giant in the fairy tale.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • "churinga" in Australia are greased with the natural moisture of the palm of the hand, and rubbed with red ochre.

  • They also occur on wooden slats, (churinga irula,) commonly styled “Bull roarers” by Europeans.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • As soon as the churinga are exposed, every one keeps still, or if someone talks, he does so in a low voice or with his lips only.

  • Meanwhile most churinga, and many of the disputed objects, have archaic markings, which also occur on rock faces.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for churinga


noun (pl) -ga, -gas
a sacred amulet of the native Australians
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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