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I can't find the word in my dictionary, and Google Translate translates it as 'ancestor' but I'm not sure how accurate that is.

I'm trying to translate this sentence:

この葛葉家の屋敷で働く使用人はほぼ全員が一族の神祖であった『お狐様』を讃えるために狐の面をつけている。

However I'm not exactly sure what 神祖 means.

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神祖 is a rare word. There is only one instance of 神祖 in BCCWJ. So I won't be surprised if Google Translate and small dictionaries did not recognize this.

That said, the meaning of this word should be fairly straightforward if you know the meaning of each kanji.

  • : god; godly
  • : ancestor; origin

So 神祖 refers to great/legendary ancestors in general. In this case it seems to literally refer to godly/divine ancestors, though.

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Jisho says that 神 means “gods, mind, soul” and that 祖 means “ancestor, pioneer, founder”. Apparently 神祖 is also a place called Jinso.

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