死の神の御札 「しのかみのおふだ」
shi no kami no ofuda
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shinuru
to
ifu
zo
makoto
narikeru
shi
no
kami
nanigoto
mo
mina
itsuwari
no
yononaka
ni
shi-yaku-jin no hokora
Shrine of the Four Misfortune kami
Translation
kanji/kana: 何事 も 皆 偽り の 世の中 に
romaji: nanigoto mo mina itsuwari no yononaka ni
Literal: everything-(addition indicating particle)-all-lies-(possessive particle)-the world-(direction indicating particle)
Poetic: In this world, where nothing is real, do not despair,

kanji/kana: 死ぬる と いふ ぞ 誠 なりける
romaji: shinuru to ifu zo makoto narikeru
Literal: to die-(connective particle)-to call-(emphatic ending particle)-reality/truth-that is
Poetic: When your time comes to die, death will be there.
(1394-1481)
一休宗純
ikkyû sôjun
shi no kami is the kami of death. Death while omnipresent in old Japan, was not seen as a specific kami until after contact with the Europeans and the introduction of the Japanese to the European concept of the Grim Reaper during the meiji period. shinigami is another term that refers to a number of "death deities", such as emma-o/yama and izanami no mikoto.
norito are offered to shi no kami on the fourth day of each month.
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