Compilation with additions by Phoenix the Elder – I never write about Native American lore or their teachings because I have my own Slavic Indigenous traditions, but I now live near the Piasa Dragon-Bird petroglyph that was kept updated over the decades and the word Manitou seems to have been served on my plate.
Along side the great Piasa Bird-Dragon here in the Midwest, is the legend that Chief Ouatoga worked with the great spirit Manitou to have the power to kill the Piasa. The term “Manitou” was widespread at the time of early European contact in the Native Indigenous Canadian and American continent peoples.
In 1585 Thomas Harriot recorded the first glossary of an Algonquian language, Roanoke (Pamlico), he included the word Mantóac, meaning “Gods” (plural). In some Algonquian traditions, Gitche Manitou refers to “Great Spirit” or supreme being just like paganism and religious folk refer to their…
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