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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 cites various references to emotional experiences; as well as separation from kin (1971:670) he notes beckoning gestures followed by hugging tjurunga (ancestral bodies) with deep affection (1947:4), and songs charged with both sympathy and emotion (1971:120,665).
(77) The documents relating to the suppression of the Sydney Benedictines are now missing from SAA, but see Terence Kavenagh, 'Vaughan and the Monks of Sydney', Tjurunga, 25 (1983), pp.
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'.
(18) Constant Mews, 'Seeing is Believing: Hildegard of Bingen and the Life of Jutta', Tjurunga 51 (1996), 9-40 (pp.
Until 1971, these elders had practiced their pictorial skills in temporary ceremonial sand paintings, and on sacred tjurunga boards.
Plunder of sacred objects (tjurunga) was widespread on the frontier, and everywhere he went Strehlow acquired them.
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."(56) In other words, the being was injured retrospectively.
Important words such as Tjoritja, tjurunga, tjimia, tjilpa, or tjapa look more familiar than Tyurretye, tywerrenge, tyemeye, tyelpe, or tyape.
Tjurunga: An Australian Benedictine Review, 1972, June, pp.48-57; Dec., pp.39-50; May, pp.13-21.
Strehlow (1967:84-6) distinguished two forms of the word atywerrenge: 'tjurunga' and 'tjurua' (his spelling).
Sagen und Marchen des Loritja-Stammes, die Totemistischen Vorstellungen und die Tjurunga der Aranda und Loritja.