WakundaMa-- is a mixture of Native American and Far Eastern words. It is derived from several words:
Wakan --Lakota Indian for Great mystery, force.
Wakan Ta--To seek towards the great mystery, force
Wakan Da--Of the great mystery.
Ma--Chinese for horse. The Chinese Zodiac sign of Wilson.
WakundaMa-- Embodies the quest for greater meaning. A journey to find one's heart, soul and spirit. The best literal translation would be: "horse that travels towards or seeks to be of the great mystery, spirit, or force."
Legend of Wakunda
According to the book History of Juab County, the name might also have been inspired by an American Indian legend. The tale goes that the Great Spirit Wakunda asked that an ancient princess named Nebona be sacrificed to atone for a mistake her father made. The woman's fiancée, Running Deer, was told this by an eagle while on the peak. After much praying and persuasion, Running Deer persuaded Wakunda to spare Nebona. As he raced to the summit of the peak to stop Nebona, he watched in horror as she hurled herself off the peak. Unthinking, Running Deer followed her off the cliff.
Wakunda, who felt sorry for his children, took them into the heart of his mountain, where they sleep to this day waiting for someone to unlock their chamber. The Great Spirit named the mountain Mount Nebo in honor of the princess who have her life for her people.
Wakunda is actually part of a group of phonetically similar words, that were different English language attempts to phonetically sound the same general concepts. The other variations or related words are:
Wakon, wakun, waka - Are considered the same as wakan. It's the phonetic sound, not the English spelling that counts.
Wakantanka - The great mystery, the creator (connotation is more like "the life in the great plains")
Wakanda - Omaha Indian God. Often thought in context of thunder or hurricane.
Wakonda - Combination of powers of darkness, ground, thunder being, sun, moon, morning star, constellation. Omaha Indian equivalent to wakantanka.
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