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Category of people in Japan outside the social orders. They were involved in contaminating work (especially involving dead bodies), who thereby transmitted impurity. They were known as eta (‘great filth’) and later (during the Tokugawa period, 1600–1868) as hinin (‘non-persons’).


Subjects: Religion.

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