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Taboo. To forbid any contact or proximity with things that should be abstained from. It is believed that to break the taboo would be to invite misfortune such as injury and illness. For example, people performing kami rites should avoid contact with polluted things for a specified period, and observe abstinence (monoimi) to maintain a state of mental and physical purity. Similarly, the close relatives of someone who has died must avoid contact with the outside during the period of mourning so as not to bring death pollution (kegare) into the community.
See imikotoba

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