from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A member of an indigenous people of Japan, now inhabiting parts of Hokkaido, Sakhalin, and the Kuril Islands.
- noun The language of the Ainu.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun See
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun One of a peculiar race found primarily in Hokkaido, in the northern part of the empire of Japan, the Kurile Islands, and nearby. They are believed to be the native inhabitants of the Japanese islands. The Ainus are stout and short, with hairy bodies. Also called
Ainoand hairy Ainu.
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- adjective Of or pertaining to the Ainu
ethnic groupor their language.
- proper noun An
ethnic groupon the northern Japaneseisland of Hokkaido.
- proper noun The endangered
languagespoken by the Ainu ethnic group, generally considered a language isolatewith no known relation to other languages.
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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 This distinction is made in a somewhat formal way by the Ainu, a very rude people (Batchelor, _The Ainu_, chap. xxxiii).
The Ainu hold that it drives away demons (Batchelor, _The Ainu_, p. 22).
The Ainu are the hairiest of races, and there is nothing which they consider so beautiful as hair.
Side by side with the total absence of all tangible relics may be set the fact that, whereas numerous place-names in the main island of Japan have been identified as Ainu words, none has been traced to any alien tongue such as might be associated with earlier inhabitants.
Though the idea of Ainu as white seems to have diminished, in part because those sorts of ideas aren't too popular today, and partly because hardly any Ainu remain who do not have substantial ancestry from the Japanese.
It is a kind of Ainu mokucho ningyo Ainu wood doll.
I think the jury is still out on the Jomon/Yayoi/Ainu genetic legacy on modern Japanese though.
Like Kennewick Man who belonged to the Jomon people, the predecessors of the Ainu, the Ürümqi mummies have been used for politics: the Uyghur have adopted them as symbols in their struggle for independence, the Chinese have tried to suppress them by neglect and red tape in the way of scholars who want to analyze them in more detail.
Like Kennewick Man who belonged to the Jomon people, the predecessors of the Ainu, the ÃrÃ¼mqi mummies have been used for politics: the Uyghur have adopted them as symbols in their struggle for independence, the Chinese have tried to suppress them by neglect and red tape in the way of scholars who want to analyze them in more detail.
To create a belief system for the clans, I've studied the beliefs of more recent hunter-gatherers, such as Native American and Inuit cultures, the San of southern Africa, the Ainu of Japan, the Eboe and Kwaio of central Africa, and the Sami of northern Scandinavia.