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ToCminzoku shintôkitôshikamigakari

kamigakari (Possession) – 06 / 26 / 2014
kamigakari かみがかり 神憑り
神懸かり
kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
gaka.ri (haunt, possess)

kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
ga.kari (consult)

❖ Possession of a person by kami or other spirit
chigo ちご 稚児
chi (young, immature)
go | ko (child)

❖ A young child who acts as a medium
❖ Also called shindô
shindô しんどう 神童
shin | kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
dô (child)
hyôi ひょうい 憑依
hyô (possess, haunt)
i (due to)

❖ (possession)
saniwa さにわ 審神者
sa | shin (hearing, judge)
ni | mi | kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
wa | sha (person)

❖ An abbreviation for sayaniwa
❖ One who interprets the words of the possessed person to make them understandable to other people
takusen たくせん 託宣
taku (consign, entrusting with, hint)
sen (proclaim, say, announce)

❖ (oracle)
❖ When a possessed person serves as a "medium" to communicate a message from kami or a spirit
yorimashi よりまし 尸童 *
寄坐
憑坐
憑子
shi (corpse)
warabe (child)

yo.ri (bring near, gather, collect)
mashi (sit)

yo.ri (possess, haunt)
mashi (sit)

yo.ri (possess, haunt)
shi (child)

❖ * Pronounced as yorimashi
❖ Child or doll used as a vessel for a spirit invoked by a geki or miko
❖ Person acting as a medium

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