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churinga

[ choo-ring-guh ]

noun

, plural chu·rin·ga, chu·rin·gas.
  1. an object carved from wood or stone by Aboriginal tribes in central Australia and held by them to be sacred.


churinga

/ tʃəˈrɪŋɡə /

noun

  1. a sacred amulet of the native Australians


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Word History and Origins

Origin of churinga1

First recorded in 1895–1900, churinga is from the Aranda word jwerreŋe
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Word History and Origins

Origin of churinga1

from a native Australian language
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Example Sentences

"Churinga" in Australia are greased with the natural moisture of the palm of the hand, and rubbed with red ochre.

Again, they inform us that the churinga belief, and the existence of stone churinga, are things isolated.

Mr. Lang knew nothing of the Arunta churinga till I drew his attention to the subject.

Again we read, "Many of the churinga were placed in the ground, some natural object again marking the spot."

Can the Churinga nanja and reincarnation beliefs have set up nescience of obvious facts among the Arunta?

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