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manas

[man-uh s, muhn-] /ˈmæn əs, ˈmʌn-/
noun, Hinduism, Buddhism.
1.
the rational faculty of the mind.
Origin
< Sanskrit: mind
Related forms
manasic
[muh-nas-ik] /məˈnæs ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective

mana

[mah-nah] /ˈmɑ nɑ/
noun, Anthropology
1.
a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.
Origin
1835-45; < Polynesian

Mana

[man-ey] /ˈmæn eɪ/
noun
1.
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British Dictionary definitions for manas

mana

/ˈmɑːnə/
noun (anthropol)
1.
(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.
any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority
Word Origin
from Polynesian
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Word Origin and History for manas

mana

n.

"power, authority, supernatural power," 1843, from Maori, "power, authority, supernatural power."

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Encyclopedia Article for manas

(Sanskrit: "thought"), in Indian philosophy, the human "mind," that faculty which coordinates sensory impressions before they are presented to the consciousness. Thus, when a person sees, hears, and smells an object-three different and not necessarily related impressions-the manas makes certain that he is conscious that it is the same object.

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