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miko (Female Shamans) – 06 / 26 / 2014
miko みこ
巫女 *
巫子
神子
(sorcerer, diviner, medium, shrine maiden)

fu (sorcerer, diviner, medium, shrine maiden)
jo (woman)

mi (sorcerer, diviner, medium, shrine maiden)
ko (child)

mi | kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
ko (child)

❖ * Pronounced miko
❖ Shamaness, sorceress, medium, diviner, shrine maiden, or virgin dedicated to kami
Female Shamans – A woman possessing the ability to receive takusen in a state of kamigakari. A miko is capable of summoning a divine spirit or the spirit of a deceased person into her body and mind; this process is called hyôi or kamigakari. Usually called a "shaman," although, as she serves as an intermediary to the world of divine or deceased spirits, she could just as readily be called a reibai.
❖ Also called fugeki, onna miko (female shaman), onna fu, kannagi, kannaki, joshuku, jofu, fujo
fugeki ふげき 巫覡
onna miko おんなみこ 女神子
onna fu おんなふ 女巫
kannagi かんなぎ
kannaki かんなき
joshuku じょしゅく 女祝
jofu じょふ 女巫
fujo ふじょ 巫女
fu (medium, diviner, shaman, oracle)
geki (medium, diviner, shaman, oracle)
fugeki (shaman, oracle, diviner, medium)

onna (woman, female)
mi | kami (that which inspires feelings of reverence, awe, gratitude, fear/terror)
ko (child)
onna miko (female child serving to the kami)

onna (woman, female)
fu (medium, diviner, shaman, oracle)
onna fu (female medium, female diviner, female shaman, female oracle)

kannagi (medium, diviner, shaman, oracle )

kannaki (invocation, congratulation, celebration)

jo (woman, female)
shuku (invocation, congratulation, celebration)
joshuku (female medium, female oracle)

jo (woman, female)
fu (medium, diviner, shaman, oracle)
jofu (female medium, female diviner, female shaman, female oracle)

fu (medium, diviner, shaman, oracle)
jo (woman, female)
fujo (female medium, female diviner, female shaman, female oracle)
reibai れいばい 霊媒
rei (spirits, soul)
bai (mediator)

❖ (medium)
Shrine Maidens – Shrine attendants identified by white kimono and red hakama; usually assigned tasks, such as helping the shinshoku, cleaning the sacred grounds, dancing kagura for kami, and dispensing omikuji, ofuda and omamori.

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