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1. A supernatural force believed to dwell in a person or sacred object.
2. Power; authority.

[Maori, integrity, charisma, prestige.]


1. (Anthropology & Ethnology) (in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power
2. (Anthropology & Ethnology) any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority
[from Polynesian]


(ˈmɑ nɑ)

a supernatural force that may be transferred among objects or persons.
[1835–45; < Polynesian]
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noun (N.Z.) authority, influence, power, might, force, weight, strength, domination, sway, standing, status, importance, esteem, stature, eminence a leader of great mana and influence
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