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churinga

by Micha F. Lindemans
Ancient sacred icon stones and wooden boards associated with the wanderings of ancestral heroes at the time of the Dreaming. However, they are much more than boards and stones: they represent the timeless presence of the Dreaming heroes on earth. The churinga are usually wrapped in dry leaves, bound with strings made of human hair and kept either on a platform or in a crevasse near the totemic center. In a sense, the churinga are the collective numen of the spirit-being, his kurunba. They represent the link with the otherworld.

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  • Also known as:
    tjuringa

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