God in Japanese - Religious words in Japanese

In this article, we will talk a little bit about religious words in Japanese, including the name of god and other gods in Japanese. We know that in Japan the predominant religion is the shinto it's the Buddhism. This results in several interesting words and explanations that we are not used to.

By studying the scriptures in Japanese or any sacred book of your religion, you will learn that the way of thinking and the origin of words used in the Japanese language, gives a new idea and an extra meaning to each word you learn.

In English we are used to learning words, but not knowing the meaning behind them. Thanks to Japanese ideograms you will have a greater understanding and knowledge about every religious word you learn.

God in Japanese - religious words in Japanese

How to write and speak God in Japanese?

Let's start by talking about the divine being, about god in Japanese. God in Japanese is written with an ideogram [神] that is pronounced kami. This ideogram can be used in words related to gods, deities and spirits, it is also slightly related to mind and soul.

It is common to use the expression kami-sama [神様] to refer to god, where sama [様] is a suffix of great respect used only with deities or royalty. Another reading of the ideogram [神] is shin, which is often used in words related to dinvindities.

Kami are also spirits or phenomena that are worshiped in the Shinto religion. Things like elements and forces of nature, animals, spirits of dead people, etc.

God in Japanese - religious words in Japanese

Below we will list other words related to god in Japanese:

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EnglishJapaneseRomaji
Goddess女神megami
YHWH - Jave - Jehovah - Yeshúaエホバehoba
God in the archaic, great god大神ookami
God in the Ainu languageカムイkamui (kamuy)
From English Godゴッドgoddo
Heavenly Father天父tenpu
God of death死神shinigami
Supreme Being至上者shijyousha
Gods (only kami can be used)神々kamigami

How to write jesus in Japanese?

Christianity is not so popular in Japan, but there is even a Japanese word to refer to Christ which is [基督] and by some miracle it is pronounced as a foreign word kurisuto [クリスト]. So Jesus in Japanese is iesu kurisuto [イエスクリスト]. Christ's ideograms signify fundamentals [基] and leadership [督].

God in Japanese - religious words in Japanese

Gods of Shinto

In Shinto the gods are manifestations of musubi [結び] the interconnected energy of the universe. To finish the part of the gods in Japanese, we will leave below a list of some popular gods in Shinto:

  • Amaterasu Omikami, the sun goddess;
  • Ebisu, one of the seven gods of fortune;
  • Fūjin, the god of the wind;
  • Hachiman, the god of war;
  • Inari Okami, the god of rice and agriculture;
  • Izanagi-no-Mikoto, the first man;
  • Izanami-no-Mikoto, the first woman;
  • Omoikane, the divinity of wisdom;
  • Sarutahiko Okami, the god of the earth;
  • Susanoo-no-mikoto, the god of the sea and the storm;
  • Tenjin, the god of poetry;
  • Tsukuyomi, the god of the moon;
  • Raijin, the god of lightning, thunder and storms;
  • Ryūjin, the Japanese dragon god of the sea and storms;
God in Japanese - religious words in Japanese

Religious words in Japanese

To end the article, let's leave some words related to religions in Japanese. We appreciate comments and shares. We also recommend reading our other articles below:

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EnglishJapaneseRomaji
Holy Spirit聖霊I will
Spiritspirit, soul, ghost
Soultamashii
Bible (Holy Scriptures)聖書sixho
Sintsumi
Church教会kyoukai
Angel天使tenshi
Satanサタンsatan
Demon, evil悪魔akuma
Prophet預言者yogensha
Faith信仰shinkou
Christianity基督教 / クリスト教kirisutokyou
Praise賛美sanbi
Prayer / verb to pray祈りinori
Lesson, discipline, revelation示しshimeshi
Congregation会衆kaishuu
Catholicカトリックkatorikku
Gospel, good news福音fukuin

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