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The word chigo稚児(approximate pronunciation: /tʃi.go/) consists of two characters:
- 稚 chi = child
- 児 ko = child, boy
A particular genre is chigo monogatari, which tells a love story between a monk and a novice. For example in Aki no yo nagamonogatari 秋夜長物語 (Long Story for an Autumn Night), the anonymous author recounts the linking Keikai and young Umewaka.
A popular saying clearly expressed the priority given by the monks to their young companions:
Ichi chigo nor Sanno.
First the chigo then the god of the mountain. [[]]
- Tôzô Suzuki, Koji Kitowaza Jiten, Tokyodo Shuppan, 1956, p. 59 (trans. BoyWiki)
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Notes and references
- ↑ Japanese transcript and English translation by Margaret H. Childs in " Chigo Monogatari, love stories or Buddhist sermons? "p. 1. [[Downloadable article)]]