NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY

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MANITOU

Native American Multi-talented Spirit

Also known as Mantóac, Manito, Manitoa, Manitu, Manitoo, Manidoog, Manidoowag

The all-embracing power spirit of the Algonquin

It fills the world and everything in it. According to the Algonquin-speaking peoples, MANITOU is the primeval force which gives every animal, plant and rock their power and character.

Although sometimes spoken of as a myriad of separate spirits, it is perhaps best regarded as a universal life-giving energy foce. It should not to be confused with the Algonquin deity GITCHE-MANITOU (although it often is).

The word is usually translated ‘spirit’ — but it seems to have much more in common with The Force beloved by Jedi worshippers.

As even inanimate objects contain this living spirit, you may wish to start treating your local bit of planet with a little more respect. And may the MANITOU be with you.

MANITOU FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : MANITOU
Area or people : Algonquin, Cree, Iroquois and Shawnee tribes
Location : North America
Gender : Sorry, we don't know
Type : spiritual being
In charge of : Many Things
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : Mantóac, Manito, Manitoa, Manitu, Manitoo, Manidoog, Manidoowag
Popularity index : 8532
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Article last updated on 02 November 2013 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "MANITOU: Spirit of Many Things from Native American mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 02 Nov. 2013. Web. 28 August 2014.

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