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mana

[ mah-nah ]
/ ˈmɑ nɑ /
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noun Anthropology.

a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.

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Origin of mana

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45
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mana
/ (ˈmɑːnə) /

noun anthropol

(in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power
any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority

Word Origin for mana

from Polynesian
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