祖神

JapaneseEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

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 notesEdit

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

Etymology 2Edit

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).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

祖神 (hiragana おやがみ, romaji oyagami)

  1. a god as an ancestor, an ancestral god

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 2006, 大辞林 (Daijirin), Third Edition (in Japanese), Tōkyō: Sanseidō, ISBN 4-385-13905-9
Last modified on 14 March 2014, at 21:01