Kachina meaning

kə-chēnə, kət-sē-
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Any of numerous deified ancestral spirits of the Pueblo peoples, believed to reside in the pueblo for part of each year.
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A masked dancer believed to embody a particular spirit during a religious ceremony.
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A carved doll in the costume of a particular spirit, usually presented as a gift to a child.
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In Pueblo folklore, a beneficent spirit, either a minor deity or the spirit of an ancestor.
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A small, wooden doll representing such a spirit.
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A vaguely ancestral anthropomorphic spirit being, associated with clouds and rain or personifying the power in the sun, the earth, or corn (among other things).
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A wooden doll, as might be given to a child, which represents such a being.
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A masked dancer who represents such a being in a ceremonial dance or masked ceremony.
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Alternative Forms

Alternative Form of kachina - katchina

Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kachina
Plural:
kachinas

Origin of kachina

  • Hopi katsina supernatural being, masked impersonator of a supernatural being

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Hopi qatsina.

    From Wiktionary