|Kanji in this term|
Uncertain, with many possible derivations. One of the more compelling explanations is that this is a compound of すさ (susa, “roughness, wildness”, root word unattested in isolation, but found in terms such as 凄まじい (susamajii, “terrible, dreadful”) or 荒む (susamu, “to be wild, to be savage”)) + の (no, possessive particle) + 男 (o, “man”). In this case, the kanji would be ateji.
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- ^ 神道の本：八百万の神々がつどう秘教的祭祀の世界 (Shintō no Hon: Happyaku-man no Kamigami ga Tsudou Hikyōteki Saishi no Sekai, “The Shintō Book: The World of Esoteric Rituals, Crowded with 8 Million Gods”, in Japanese), Gakken, Tōkyō, 1992; ISBN 9784051060244: http://books.google.com/books?id=mWxrmgEACAAJ