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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A slightly more detailed version was also published in Spencer and Gillen (1912:267) Across Australia the same year, where Spencer claimed to have described Howitt and Fison as men 'who could send out Churinga [sacred objects] and make boys into men'.
We also knew that the return of a particularly significant churinga would exacerbate these troubles and probably lead to physical violence.
Earlier spelt as churinga (Spencer and Gillen 1899:123) and tjurunga as in Strehlow (1970:102).
23 /PRNewswire/ -- Charles Merrill, an environmentalist did not at first realize how revered and powerful to its Aboriginal group of origin the churinga stone actually is.
I have printed a set of the Echunpa [perentie] pictures for Sambo and have had a neat shallow tin case made to hold them and they are to be taken and deposited with the Churinga in the Ertnatulinga [storehouse cave] shortly.
certain number of the Alcheringa ancestors went into the ground, each one carrying his Churinga [board] with him.
In this sense, the churinga ilkinia (atywerrenge-designs) would fall into the former.
Gillen's letters jump from subject to subject; from species of frog, to marriage classes, to mineral investment and churinga.
The loss of Churinga is the most significant evil that could befall any local group' (Jones 1992:118 (9)), no effort had been made to restore possession since 1897 when Gillen had confessed to him that 'there must be no more ertatulnga robberies.
Furthermore, Sunfly himself, the `rainman' and `lawman', and Cowan's guide along the Dreaming paths, someone as `precious as a churinga board', decides to stay too so that he can look after his tribal and personal country.
each of them [the Alcheringa] carried about some sacred object stick or stone called churinga (sic), with which was associated their spirit part.