Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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|The original meaning of the word imi is avoidance. In Shinto, pollution is a thing to be avoided, and so anything that presents an impediment to religious ceremonies is called imi. The period of mourning is also called imi. Imikotoba are words which are avoided and replaced by other words. Imina originally meant the name of a dead person that was used during the person's lifetime; later it came to mean "real name," and ultimately to mean the name that was given to a person after death.