in some indigenous beliefs, as in Polynesia, a dynamic supernatural power or influence dwelling in and flowing from certain individuals, spirits, or things and capable of producing great good or evil
Origin of mananative Polynesian term
- A supernatural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object.
- Power; authority.
Origin of manaMaori, integrity, charisma, prestige.
From Maori mana, ultimately from Proto-Polynesian *mana.