a supernatural force believed by the Iroquois Indians to be present, in varying degrees, in all objects or persons, and to be the spiritual force by which human accomplishment is attained or accounted for.
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How to use orenda in a sentence
The orenda girls turned instinctively toward Isagani, who smiled silently.The Reign of Greed | Jose Rizal
The Iroquoian tribes designate this mysterious force orenda.Comparative Religion | J. Estlin Carpenter
A man who hunts well has much and good orenda; the shy bird who escapes his snares has a fine orenda.
This notion of orenda, a sort of pan-vitalism, is more fluid than animism, and probably precedes it.
Like orenda it manifests itself in noises, but specially mysterious ones, it is mana that is rustling in the trees.