祖神

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Japanese[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Kanji in this term

Grade: 5
しん
Grade: 3
on'yomi

From Middle Chinese compound 祖神 (*tzǒ *jhin). Compare modern Mandarin 祖神 (zǔshén).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

祖神 (hiragana そしん, romaji soshin)

  1. (mythology, Shintō) the deification of an ancestor
  2. (mythology, Shintō) Amaterasu, as an ancestor of the imperial family
Usage notes[edit]

Sometimes also encountered as sojin, although this reading is less common.

Etymology 2[edit]

Kanji in this term
おや
Grade: 5
かみ > がみ
Grade: 3
kun'yomi

Compound of (oya, parent; forebear, ancestor) +‎ (kami, god, spirit). The kami changes to gami due to rendaku (連濁).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

祖神 (hiragana おやがみ, romaji oyagami)

  1. a god as an ancestor, an ancestral god

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References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9