- a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.
Origin of mana
Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45
or Man·a, Min·ni
- an ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan.
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Examples from the Web for mana
Melissa Cheyney, chief author of the pro-home-birth MANA study, calls the Cornell methodology “misleading.”The Home-Birth Rebellion
February 7, 2014
Well, Mana'lio, the chief here, wants a white man to live with him.John Frewen, South Sea Whaler
One is worn by the girl, and the mana is covered with the other.
She sits on the mana, which has been brought, and placed on the cloth, by her uncle.
A man must have mana to do it; if he has not, it will be too late when he is on the hot stone of Tama-ahi-roa.Magic and Religion
If she had no dowry, he shall give her one mana of silver for a divorce.Archology and the Bible
George A. Barton
- (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
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Word Origin and History for mana
"power, authority, supernatural power," 1843, from Maori, "power, authority, supernatural power."
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