Usage Japanese Mythology
Scripts 鬼子母神(Japanese Kanji)
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Meaning & History
The name of a Japanese protector goddess of children and child rearing who is sometimes also seen as a vicious demon of misery and unhappiness towards children and parents. Her name is derived from 鬼 (ki) meaning "ghost, evil spirit, demon", 子 (shi) meaning "child", 母 (mo) meaning "mother" and 神 (jin) meaning "god, deity, spirit".