- (among the Algonquian Indians) a supernatural being that controls nature; a spirit, deity, or object that possesses supernatural power.
Origin of manitou
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Historical Examples of manitu
Distinguo: they are parts, not of the 'totem animal,' but of the adopted animal of the individual, often called his manitu.
If we say 'the totem animal,' we beg the question; we identify the totem with the manitu of the individual.
But manitu is perhaps too wide and vague a term: it usually connotes anything mystical or supernormal.
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
manitu manito (ˈmænɪˌtəʊ)
- (among the Algonquian Indians) a deified spirit or force
Word Origin for manitou
also manito, "spirit, deity, supernatural being," 1690s, from a word found throughout the Algonquian languages (cf. Delaware manutoow, Ojibwa manidoo), first in English from Unami Delaware /manet:u/.