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The title Xinesi or Chensi was given to the high priest of the Hasinai Indian confederacy. He presided over the temple of the Hainais located near the Angelina River. Primarily a priest, he outranked other officials in the tribe and had civil as well as religious authority.

Frederick Webb Hodge, ed., Handbook of American Indians North of Mexico (2 vols., Washington: GPO, 1907, 1910; rpt., New York: Pageant, 1959).


  • Peoples
  • Native American
  • Religion
  • Native American

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Anonymous, “Xinesi,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 23, 2020,

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