I found this sentence in the song 「光と闇の童話」:

花に水を遣るように 儘 罪には罰が要る

What does 「儘」mean there?

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To be honest, it doesn't make much sense, and I think what it means is just open for (creative) interpretation. Songs and poems can sometimes do that.

It seems like the songwriter uses 儘 (まま) in other songs in a similar way. Maybe that's part of their personal language. From 暁光の唄

暗闇の時代に生まれて 儘 君と出逢い

The most plausible reading is まま, and as I said, it doesn't make sense in any of the two contexts. I might think it as "naturally" or "automatically", associating it with other phrases that include it, such as そのまま. That's kind of a stretch, but it's the best I can do.

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