Among the Kaitish thunder is caused by the churinga of their “sky dweller,” Atnatu.
They are: but I was speaking of Australian churinga nanja, of stone.
(churinga merely means anything “sacred,” that is, with a superstitious sense attached to it).
Women may not go near these sacred stores, nor may they see a churinga.
A woman who has seen a churinga or a man who has shown one to her are both put to death.
A man's churinga is not, to him, like the egg in which was the life of the giant in the fairy tale.
"churinga" in Australia are greased with the natural moisture of the palm of the hand, and rubbed with red ochre.
They also occur on wooden slats, (churinga irula,) commonly styled “Bull roarers” by Europeans.
As soon as the churinga are exposed, every one keeps still, or if someone talks, he does so in a low voice or with his lips only.
Meanwhile most churinga, and many of the disputed objects, have archaic markings, which also occur on rock faces.