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kachina

[kuh-chee-nuh]
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noun
  1. any of various ancestral spirits deified by the Hopi Indians and impersonated in religious rituals by masked dancers.
  2. a Hopi religious ritual at which such masked dancers perform.
  3. a masked dancer impersonating such a spirit at a Hopi religious ritual.
  4. kachina doll.
Also katcina, katchina.

Origin of kachina

1885–90; < Hopi ḳacína < Keresan (Santa Ana) k̉â˙cina (or a cognate word)
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Examples from the Web for kachina

Historical Examples

  • The name of this Kachina was Hair Eater, and he was supposed to cut off the hair if he beat the boy, but he never did beat him.

    The Unwritten Literature of the Hopi

    Hattie Greene Lockett

  • The ruins about Kishyuba, connected with the Kachina people, also belong to Tusayan.


British Dictionary definitions for kachina

kachina

noun
  1. any of the supernatural beings believed by the Hopi Indians to be the ancestors of living humans

Word Origin

from Hopi qačina supernatural
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