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"On the other hand, if you smashed or lost your tjuringa, you were beyond the pale, and had lost all hope of ‘returning.’  of one young layabout in Alice, I heard it said, ‘He hasn’t seen his truringa.  He doesn’t know who he is.’"
— FromThe Songlinesby Bruce Chatwin

A ‘Tjuringa’ is a sacred stone, on which is written the piece of the songline that belongs to a particular person.  These are stored in a safe place and it is up to the individual to protect their tjuringa and keep it safe, therefore, keeping that piece of the song safe.

    "On the other hand, if you smashed or lost your tjuringa, you were beyond the pale, and had lost all hope of ‘returning.’  of one young layabout in Alice, I heard it said, ‘He hasn’t seen his truringa.  He doesn’t know who he is.’"

    — FromThe Songlinesby Bruce Chatwin

    A ‘Tjuringa’ is a sacred stone, on which is written the piece of the songline that belongs to a particular person.  These are stored in a safe place and it is up to the individual to protect their tjuringa and keep it safe, therefore, keeping that piece of the song safe.

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