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Gomakasu (ごまかす – Covering up) Part 2

  • Gomakasu Part 2

    ごまかす Part 2

    Yesterday, I introduced the term gomakasu (ごまかす), which means to cover up something or tell a lie, and showed you one of two major theories about its etymology.
    昨日は “cover up something/tell a lie” を意味する「ごまかす」という言葉と、語源に関する二つの説の内一つを紹介しました。

    Another theory says that it comes from gomagyō (護摩行), which is a training of Shingon-shū (真言宗 – “Shingon Buddhism”).

    Goma (護摩) is a kind of rituals that burns offerings or wood, and gyō (行) means “training.”

    After doing gomagyō, ashes remain.

    It is said that some people sold these ashes (or just other ashes) as ashes of gomagyō performed by Kōbō-Daishi (弘法大師) who founded Shingon-shū.

    Because of this, such an act of deceiving someone came to be called gomakasu, by adding the prefix kasu (かす).

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