形代

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Japanese[edit]

Kanji in this term
かた
Grade: 2
しろ
Grade: 3
kun’yomi
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Etymology[edit]

Compound of (kata, form, shape, model) +‎ (shiro, substitution, replacement).[1][2]

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Noun[edit]

形代 (hiragana かたしろ, rōmaji katashiro)

  1. (Shinto) a traditional Japanese paper doll used in certain purification rituals
    Synonym: 人形 (hitogata)
  2. a doll or other substitute for a person, used as the target for a prayer or curse
  3. a substitute or stand-in for a person

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References[edit]

  1. ^ 1988, 国語大辞典(新装版) (Kokugo Dai Jiten, Revised Edition) (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Shogakukan
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, →ISBN

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