noun, plural man·i·tous, (especially collectively) man·i·tou.
Words nearby manitou
Origin of manitou
Examples from the Web for manitu
If we say 'the totem animal,' we beg the question; we identify the totem with the manitu of the individual.
Distinguo: they are parts, not of the 'totem animal,' but of the adopted animal of the individual, often called his manitu.
To obtain the 'personal totem' (manitu) a youth must first listen to his elders.
Others supposed that all kinds of animals had their type in the world of souls, a manitu, which kept guard over them.Myth and Science|Tito Vignoli
But manitu is perhaps too wide and vague a term: it usually connotes anything mystical or supernormal.