Great Spirit Symbol

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Native American Symbols, like the Great Spirit symbol, can vary in meaning from one tribe to another and across the culture groups of North America.  Discover facts and information about the meanings of secret and mysterious symbols used by Native American Indians in our List of Symbols including the the Great Spirit symbol.

Meaning of the Great Spirit Symbol

Native American Indians were a deeply spiritual people and they communicated their history, thoughts, ideas and dreams from generation to generation through Symbols and Signs such as the Great Spirit symbol.

Great Spirit Symbol

The meaning of the Great Spirit symbol was to signify the divine power that created the world. The Great Spirit was the principal deity in the religion of many Native American peoples. A reference name for God. Names for the Great Spirit are given by some Indian tribes. 'Gitchi Manitou' is the name given by Algonquian speaking tribes. 'Wakan Tanka' is the name given by the Sioux which translates as the Great Mystery. The Blackfoot tribe make reference to the Great Spirit or Great Mystery as "Old Man" and "Ababinili" is how the Great Spirit is "known" by the Chickasaw tribe. The Great Spirit symbol shows a depiction known in Western culture as the Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) representing the eye of God watching over humankind. In Western culture the symbol of the 'all-seeing eye' is usually depicted in a triangle as it appears on the United States one-dollar bill. The Great Spirit symbol is depicted within a four sided symbol symbolizing the cardinal directions.

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