Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Possessed of supernatural power; awe-inspiring; sacred.
  • n. Something possessed of supernatural power.

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Examples

  • If he'd been Sioux, he'd have called it "wakanda."

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  • But it was another wakanda who took her, and he promised to give her back if they would give him four white-haired dogs.

    Myths and Legends of the Great Plains

  • So the wakanda gave the child back to them; homeward they went with him.

    Myths and Legends of the Great Plains

  • In like manner many natural objects and places of striking character were considered wakanda.

    The Siouan Indians

  • So, too, the fetiches and the ceremonial objects and decorations were wakanda among different tribes.

    The Siouan Indians

  • The moon was wakanda among the Osage and the stars among the Omaha and Ponka, yet they seem to have occupied subordinate positions; the winds and the four quarters were apparently given higher rank; and, in individual cases, the mythic water-monsters or earth-deities seem to have occupied leading positions.

    The Siouan Indians

  • On the whole, it may be safe to consider the sun as the Siouan arch-mystery, with the mythic thunder-bird or family of thunder-birds as a sort of mediate link between the mysteries and men, possessing less power but displaying more activity in human affairs than the remoter wakanda of the heavens.

    The Siouan Indians

  • Thus, among many of the tribes the sun is wakanda — not _the_ wakanda or _a_ wakanda, but simply wakanda; and among the same tribes the moon is wakanda, and so is thunder, lightning, the stars, the winds, the cedar, and various other things; even

    The Siouan Indians

  • As used by the Siouan Indian, wakanda vaguely connotes also

    The Siouan Indians

  • Among all of the tribes whose beliefs are known, the sun was an important wakanda, perhaps the leading one potentially, though usually of less immediate consideration than certain others, such as thunder, lightning, and the cedar tree; among the Osage the sun was invoked as "grandfather," and among various tribes there were sun ceremonials, some of which are still maintained; among the Omaha and

    The Siouan Indians

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