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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 recurring example of sacred ritual objects in The Forms are churingas. These objects have the totemic mark of the group and great care is taken to look after them (118).
The totemic being is believed to be the soul of an ancestor that continues to be bound to individuals through churingas (258).
In August 2004, I conveyed these churingas back to their owners in Central Australia.
Most of the owners expressed concerns about the problem of storing their churingas in a secure place.
During the entire journey, there was only one occasion in which an owner welcomed, whole-heartedly, the return of his churingas. However, for the most part, it seemed to me that we were perhaps imposing rather than facilitating the process of repatriation.