Definition of churinga in English:

churinga

noun

  • (among Australian Aborigines) a sacred object.

    • ‘These three churingas come from the Western Desert area of Australia.’
    • ‘Ceremonial objects such as churingas were often carved as were functional objects such as boomerangs, message sticks and didgeridoos.’
    • ‘Sitting in a circle on the cleared earth, the churingas are passed to each of your group in turn.’
    • ‘The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.’
    • ‘For instance Central Australian Aborigines never sold churingas, because they were central to their belief system.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

churinga

/tʃʌˈrɪŋɡə/