Ghost dance Ghost dance A religious dance of the North American Indians, participated in by both sexes, and looked upon as a rite of invocation the purpose of which is, through trance and vision, to bring the dancer into communion with the unseen world and the spirits of departed friends. The dance is the chief rite of the

{Ghost-dance}, or


{religion}, which originated about 1890 in the doctrines of the Piute Wovoka, the Indian Messiah, who taught that the time was drawing near when the whole Indian race, the dead with the living, should be reunited to live a life of millennial happiness upon a regenerated earth. The religion inculcates peace, righteousness, and work, and holds that in good time, without warlike intervention, the oppressive white rule will be removed by the higher powers. The religion spread through a majority of the western tribes of the United States, only in the case of the Sioux, owing to local causes, leading to an outbreak. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • MESSIAH — MESSIAH, an anglicization of the Latin Messias, which is borrowed from the Greek Μεσσιας, an adaptation of the Aramaic meshiḥa (Aram. מְשִׁיחָא), a translation of the Hebrew (ha melekh) ha mashi aḥ (Heb. הַמָּשִׁיח (ְהַמֶּלֶך), the Anointed… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Messiah —     Messiah     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Messiah     (Or Messias.)     The Greek form Messias is a transliteration of the Hebrew, Messiah, the anointed . The word appears only twice of the promised prince (Daniel 9:26; Psalm 2:2); yet, when a… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Messiah — (HWV 56, dt. Der Messias) ist ein Oratorium von Georg Friedrich Händel auf Bibeltexte in einer englischsprachigen Zusammenstellung von Charles Jennens für vier Soli (SATB), Chor und Orchester. Es interpretiert die christliche Glaubenslehre… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • messiah — ► NOUN 1) (the Messiah) the promised liberator of the Jewish nation prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. 2) (the Messiah) Jesus regarded by Christians as the Messiah of these prophecies. 3) a leader or saviour. ORIGIN Hebrew, anointed …   English terms dictionary

  • Messiah — Mes*si ah, n. [Heb. m[=a]sh[=i]akh anointed, fr. m[=a]shakh to anoint. Cf. {Messias}.] The expected king and deliverer of the Hebrews; the Savior; Christ. [1913 Webster] And told them the Messiah now was born. Milton. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Messiah — [mə sī′ə] n. [used by the Geneva translators (1560) for LL(Ec) Messias & ME Messie, both (ME via OFr < LL) < Gr(Ec) Messias < Aram měshīḥā, Heb māshīaḥ, lit., anointed] 1. Judaism the promised and expected deliverer of the Jews, who will …   English World dictionary

  • messiah — (n.) c.1300, Messias, from L.L. Messias, from Gk. Messias, from Aramaic meshiha and Hebrew mashiah the anointed (of the Lord), from mashah anoint. This is the word rendered in Septuagint as Gk. Khristos (see CHRIST (Cf. Christ)). In Old Testament …   Etymology dictionary

  • Messiah — This article is about the concept of a Messiah in religion, especially in the Hinduism, Christian, Islamic, and Jewish traditions. For other uses, see Messiah (disambiguation). The Last Judgment, by Jean Cousin the Younger (c. late 16th century)… …   Wikipedia

  • Messiah — ██████████1 % Traduction …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Messiah — Messiahship, n. Messianic /mes ee an ik/, adj. Messianically, adv. /mi suy euh/, n. 1. the promised and expected deliverer of the Jewish people. 2. Jesus Christ, regarded by Christians as fulfilling this promise and expectation. John 4:25, 26. 3 …   Universalium

  • Messiah —    An oratorio of George Frideric Handel, composed from 22 August to 12 September (orchestrated by 14 September) 1741, first performed for a charity concert in Dublin on 13 April 1742, {}Messiah is likely the most famous large piece of music set… …   Historical dictionary of sacred music

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”