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An Ablution ( (みそぎ) , Misogi) is a ritual held to purify a shinki of the sins they've committed. As it is an extremely painful process for the offending shinki, it is sometimes referred to as a "lynching" (私刑 (リンチ) , rinchi).

It can only be performed by shinki. As former humans, they have a sense of right and wrong and are therefore the only group capable of judging another shinki's sins. However, it seems that shinki may be reluctant to perform this ritual due to the risk it incurs and high stamina that it requires.[1]

Casting Sequence

Performing an Ablution requires three shinki to stand in the form of a triangle around the offending shinki. They recite the following incantation and isolate the offender using Purgatory.

[神の名]に捧げし御霊拭いて賜りし御名を守らん。汚れ払いて俗心は無にアカキ.ナオキ.タダシキ魂。身削ぎ身削ぎてキヨクあれ―― 獄!
(Original Japanese text)

[Kami-no-na] ni sasageshi mitama nuguite tamawarishi on'na wo mamoran. Kegare haraite zokushin wa mu ni akaki, naoki, tadashiki tamashii. Misogi misogite kiyoku are– Goku!
(Romaji transcription)

To safeguard the name, dedicated to [God's name] and having its spirit wiped clean, strip thyself of uncleanness and be thou also pure. Purgatory!
(Official English translation)

Once begun, the Purgatory will start attacking the impurities attached on the Shinki's body, causing tremendous pain to the offender and, to an extent, the god. To remove the impurities, the offending shinki must confess all of his/her sins and repent. However, should he/she fail or refuse to do so, the impurities will eat away at the soul and its bestowed name, changing the shinki into a phantom.

During the ceremony, the Shinki performing the ritual must not leave their positions no matter what happen. The greatest safety risk is encountered when the offending shinki completely transforms into a phantom, as everyone present during the ceremony may be attacked.[1] The ritual is deemed successful when both the shinki and his/her master are free from any blight.

Usages

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Yukine

First Ablution

  • God: Yato
  • Sins committed: Stealing, lying, trying to feel Hiyori up, breaking Hiyori's school windows
  • Cause: His jealousy towards living people who have the kind of life he could no longer have
  • Impurity level: Severe
  • Purification status: Successful; remains Yato's shinki[1]

Second Ablution

  • God: Yato
  • Sins committed: Kissing Nora and Lying to Yato
  • Cause: His guilt over having base or romantic thoughts, particularly regarding Nora
  • Impurity level: Severe
  • Purification status: Successful; remains Yato's shinki[2]

Miyu

  • God: Tenjin
  • Sins committed: Cutting her own wrist
  • Cause: Negatively influenced by the reasons for Yukine's first Ablution
  • Impurity level: Unknown
  • Purification status: Successful; banished by Tenjin[3]

Aiha

  • God: Bishamonten
  • Sins committed: Bullying, attacking Yato and Hiyori, using a cursed weapon
  • Cause: Her desire to be noticed by Bishamon
  • Impurity level: Severe
  • Purification status: Successful; remains Bishamon's shinki[4]

Cultural References

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Chapter 11: A Name (Vol 3)
  2. Chapter 75: And Then He... (Vol 19)
  3. Chapter 12: To Cut, or Not To Cut (Vol 4)
  4. Chapter 23: Guiding Light (Vol 6)
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