式神

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Abe no Seimei and his shikigami, (bottom right,) whom with which they all say grace before an assembly of God-like demon spirits

Etymology[edit]

Compound of (shiki, ceremony) +‎ (kami, god, spirit). The kami changes to gami due to rendaku (連濁).

Alternately, compound of (shiki, ceremony) +‎ (jin, god, spirit).

Noun[edit]

式神 (hiragana しきがみ, romaji shikigami) (alternative reading hiragana しきじん, romaji shikijin)

  1. A kind of familiar spirit, summoned-up in service as a servant to the will of a practitioner of the onmyōdō (陰陽道) religion, very much like a western familiar.

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