kiva definition

  • noun:
    • An underground or partly underground chamber in a Pueblo village, utilized by the men particularly for ceremonies or councils.
    • A ceremonial underground chamber in a Pueblo town.
    • A large chamber built under, or perhaps in, the homes of a Pueblo village, used as an assembly space in religious rites or as a men's dormitory. Its generally lighted and registered from an opening when you look at the roofing.
    • A sacred chamber, wholly or partially underground, for which a number of the religious ceremonials regarding the Pueblo Indians tend to be carried out. In addition estufa.

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