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Set phrases related to Buddhism and Shintō

Discussion in '日本語 (Japanese)' started by Jeraru, Feb 24, 2013.

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  1. Jeraru Junior Member

    España, español y catalán
    Hello. Could someone be so kind to tell me some set phrases with religious connotations in the Japanese common speach, and also metaphorically-used words of religious origin?

    My knowledge is very limited:

    地獄に落ちろ (jigoku ni ochiro) - "fall in hell"

    畜生 (chikushō) - "beast". As far as I know this is also a way to call someone who because of his bad actions as a human, has been reincarnated as an animal after death.

    馬鹿 (baka) - "stupid". I have read that one possible origin of this word is the Buddhist Sanskrit word moha, which means "ignorance" or "delusion", being called in Japanese as 癡 chi or 無明 mumyō.

    天誅 (tenchū) - "heaven's punishment" or "well-deserved punishment".

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  2. Flaminius

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    日本語 / japāniski / יפנית

    There are many expressions hailing from Buddhist, Shintoist, Confucianist ideas in Japanese.

    I am sorry but we do not allow multitopic threads or list questions in the WR forums. We would like a thread to be about one topic only. If you have multiple expressions you want someone to confirm, please post them in separate threads.

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