One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Invisible magic power believed by the Iroquois to pervade all natural objects as a spiritual energy.
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- ‘The Algonquian term manitou, the Iroquoian orenda, and the Siouan wakanda all refer to it.’
- ‘This ‘light-life’ corresponds to the chi of eastern systems, the inana of the natives of the Polynesian islands and the orenda of the Iroquois Indians.’
- ‘The Iroquoian term orenda, like mana, designates a power that is inherent in numerous objects of nature.’
- ‘The Huron word orenda, for example, is a complex word that is similar to the notion of prayer but is not quite as submissive as that.’
- ‘Through dreaming and sharing dreams, the Iroquois believed - and believe to this day - that they contacted the sacred power, orenda.’
Early 20th century: coined in English as the supposed Huron form of a Mohawk word.
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