Native American Mythology

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GITCHE MANITOU

Algonquin and Ojibwe Supreme God

Also known as GITCHE-MANITO, GITSCHE-MANITOU, GITCHI-MANITOU, GITCHIE-MANITOU, KITCHI-MANITOU, KITSHI-MANITOU, KITCHE-MANITOU

Algonquin Great Smoking Spirit of Creation

He is the Supreme Being who created all and filled it with Manitou life force. He is therefore due a lot of respect. He also owns everything in the Universe, but seems happy enough to lend bits of it to humanity to play with.

In return for his benevolence, his Algonquin worshipers treat him with the utmost respect and make him ritual offerings of smoke.

Why smoke? Because Gitche Manitou is extremely fond of tobacco. But he is not a Cigarette Smoking Deity. With amazing generosity, he gave his entire tobacco supply to humanity a long long time ago.

Having kicked the habit for the benefit of mankind, he remembers his worshipers fondly whenever they smoke a pipe in his direction.

According to one of our valued correspondents, the Sacred Pipe contains a herbal mix of red willow, bearberry and various other plants. The exact mixture is sacred and cannot be divulged.

All we know is that, when smoked in the proper manner, the sacred smoke carries the prayers of worshipers up to the Heavens where Gitche Manitou resides. Most definitely not passive smoking.

Gitche Manitou Facts and Figures

Name: Gitche Manitou
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: GITCHE-MANITO, GITSCHE-MANITOU, GITCHI-MANITOU, GITCHIE-MANITOU, KITCHI-MANITOU, KITSHI-MANITOU, KITCHE-MANITOU

Gender: Male
Type: God
Area or people: Algonquin and Ojibwe people of the Anishinaabe group
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Everything
Area of expertise: Supreme, Everything

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 663

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Article last revised on May 24, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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