orenda

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Etymology[edit]

Supposedly coined in 1902 by American ethnologist John Napoleon Brinton Hewitt using a Wyandot (Iroquoian) cognate to Mohawk orę́˙naʔ (inherent power).[1]

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Noun[edit]

orenda (uncountable)

  1. A mystical power thought to pervade all things.
    • 1920 George Willis Cooke - The Social Evolution of Religion
      In the Handbook of American Indians, Alice Fletcher describes the Iroquois conception of orenda as "a fictive force, principle, or magic power"

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References[edit]

  1. ^ orenda” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.