One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A chamber, built wholly or partly underground, used by male Pueblo Indians for religious rites.
- ‘Tensions worsened when Spanish soldiers under Governor Juan Francisco Trevino sacked the Pueblos' sacred kivas.’
- ‘By 450 AD they were making pottery, and by 700-900 great kivas (round ceremonial chambers) were being built.’
- ‘Several years ago, we built an outdoor celebration circle in the shape of a pueblo kiva where we begin the Easter sunrise services.’
- ‘Intriguing acoustic effects have also been noted at sites in the Americas, from Anasazi kivas in New Mexico, to Chichen Itza on Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.’
- ‘Pueblo kivas were built long before the Catholics came.’
Late 19th century: from Hopi kíva.
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