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WordNet 3.0Copyright Princeton University


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n.- Extraordinary invisible power believed by the Iroquois Indians to pervade in varying degrees all animate and inanimate natural objects as a transmissible spiritual energy capable of being exerted according to the will of its possessor.

Usage examples (5)
  • In a land dominated by disparate native tribes, some wanting trade, others wanting scalps, having good orenda is a must.
  • "A great noble of the Iroquois nation" wouldn't have called on "manitou, the great spirit in things"; he'd have called it "orenda."
  • This is shown by the terms used to designate the spirit-life, e.g. wakan of the Dakotas, orenda of the
  • Within the circle of dancers the shaman stood unterrified, uttering his threatenings and adjurations and performing his exorcisms against the foes of his people and their... for more
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