Definition of orenda in English:



mass noun
  • Invisible magic power believed by the Iroquois to pervade all natural objects as a spiritual energy.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The Iroquoian term orenda, like mana, designates a power that is inherent in numerous objects of nature.’
    • ‘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 Algonquian term manitou, the Iroquoian orenda, and the Siouan wakanda all refer to it.’
    sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry, necromancy, enchantment, spellworking, incantation, the supernatural, occultism, the occult, black magic, the black arts, devilry, divination, malediction, voodoo, hoodoo, sympathetic magic, white magic, witching, witchery
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Early 20th century: coined in English as the supposed Huron form of a Mohawk word.