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 force. 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 worshipers.
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
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Mantóac, Manito, Manitoa, Manitu, Manitoo, Manidoog, Manidoowag
Gender: Sorry, we don't know
Area or people: Algonquin, Cree, Iroquois and Shawnee tribes
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present
In charge of: Many Things
Area of expertise: Many things, lots of stuff
Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1006
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Article last revised on November 21, 2018 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders
References: Coming soon.