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churinga

Line breaks: chur|inga
Pronunciation: /tʃʌˈrɪŋɡə
 
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Definition of churinga in English:

noun (plural same or churingas)

(Among Australian Aborigines) a sacred object.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

late 19th century: from Arrernte, literally 'object from the dreaming'.

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