wakan

noun wa·kan \ wäˈkän \
variants: or wakanda \-ndə\ or wakon \wäˈkän\ or wakonda \-ndə\

Definition of wakan

plural -s
: a supernatural force similar to mana believed by the Sioux to pervade animate and inanimate objects in varying degrees sometimes giving them extraordinary powers and usually assumed to be the cause of extraordinary happenings
  • the eagle has wakan, because it can soar higher than any other bird and for a longer time
  • —W. D. Wallis

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Origin and Etymology of wakan

Siouan


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