kachina

[kuh-chee-nuh]
noun
1.
any of various ancestral spirits deified by the Hopi Indians and impersonated in religious rituals by masked dancers.
2.
a Hopi religious ritual at which such masked dancers perform.
3.
a masked dancer impersonating such a spirit at a Hopi religious ritual.
Also, katcina, katchina.


Origin:
1885–90; < Hopi ḳacína < Keresan (Santa Ana) k̉â˙cina (or a cognate word)

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kachina (kəˈtʃiːnə)
 
n
any of the supernatural beings believed by the Hopi Indians to be the ancestors of living humans
 
[from Hopi qačina supernatural]

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Kachina is named for rock art on the bridge that resembles symbols commonly used on kachina dolls.
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