churinga

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churinga

(tʃəˈrɪŋɡə)
n, pl -ga or -gas
(Anthropology & Ethnology) a sacred amulet of the native Australians
[from a native Australian language]
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Strehlow most succinctly captures the relationship between Beings and tjurunga when he states that '[they] are claimed by tradition [Aranda tradition] to be the changed immortal bodies of ancestors and their sons' (1947:17).
We all got together and made a decision to collect the sacred objects, tjurunga, made from rock and wood; and we said, 'let's build a museum'.
Until 1971, these elders had practiced their pictorial skills in temporary ceremonial sand paintings, and on sacred tjurunga boards.
This atua njaltja has always stayed around in the company of the tjurunga: for he is the constant guardian of the tjurunga.
A tjurunga (sacred object linked to the Dreaming) had been chipped but it was not permitted to smooth the edge "because the tjurunga was regarded as the now-changed body of the ancestral spirit.
It is fun to find the same pattern on Aranda tjurunga and an Irish grave slab.
the whole of his [Arrernte creator being] journey is a constant straining towards reunion--as if the whole environment represented by the tjurunga is a mother to man (Roheim, 1945), with the path towards it presenting itself as a track made by phallic striving (Munn, 1973:194,200).
Moreover, when elderly Aranda men allowed their tjurunga to pass into Strehlow's hands in return for rations, it may not have been, as Strehlow imagined, because they were sceptical of their sons' ability to safeguard these Dreamings or in despair at what the future held, but a pragmatic recognition that the hunting and gathering economy of which the tjurunga were such a vital part was no longer their main source of sustenance.
Earlier spelt as churinga (Spencer and Gillen 1899:123) and tjurunga as in Strehlow (1970:102).
Their bodies changed themselves into rocks, trees, shrubs or tjurunga made of stone or wood.
The object of the scene depicted is to establish the fact that Cowan was in the presence of an event that mirrors the popularly accepted image of Aboriginality: two scantily dressed, bearded old men squatting on a sacred site with their Tjurunga before them, chanting and tapping out a clap-stick rhythm.