Definition of churinga in English:
noun (plural same or churingas)
(Among Australian Aborigines) a sacred object.
- For instance Central Australian Aborigines never sold churingas, because they were central to their belief system.
- The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.
- Ceremonial objects such as churingas were often carved as were functional objects such as boomerangs, message sticks and didgeridoos.
late 19th century: from Arrernte, literally 'object from the dreaming'.