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churinga

[choo-ring-guh] /tʃʊˈrɪŋ gə/
noun, plural churinga, churingas.
1.
an object carved from wood or stone by Aboriginal tribes in central Australia and held by them to be sacred.
Origin of churinga
1895-1900
First recorded in 1895-1900, churinga is from the Aranda word jwerreŋe
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Historical Examples
  • They are: but I was speaking of Australian churinga nanja, of stone.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • Among the Kaitish thunder is caused by the churinga of their “sky dweller,” Atnatu.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • These churinga are of various sizes, down to a foot or less in length.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • All these churinga are kept at sacred central stores, caves, or crevices.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • Women may not go near these sacred stores, nor may they see a churinga.

    Magic and Religion Andrew Lang
  • 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 merely means anything “sacred,” that is, with a superstitious sense attached to it).

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

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • He made a sketch of this object, from p. 24memory: if found in Central Australia it would have been reckoned a churinga nanja.

    The Clyde Mystery Andrew Lang
  • 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

churinga

/tʃəˈrɪŋɡə/
noun (pl) -ga, -gas
1.
a sacred amulet of the native Australians
Word Origin
from a native Australian language
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