- 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
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Examples from the Web for churinga
They are: but I was speaking of Australian churinga nanja, of stone.
Among the Kaitish thunder is caused by the churinga of their “sky dweller,” Atnatu.
Women may not go near these sacred stores, nor may they see a churinga.
All these churinga are kept at sacred central stores, caves, or crevices.
These churinga are of various sizes, down to a foot or less in length.
- a sacred amulet of the native Australians
from a native Australian language
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