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I didn't know that the word is not used now. (Is it? I wanted to mean Takuhatsu.)
http://www.google.com/search?num=50&h ... le+%E6%A4%9C%E7%B4%A2&lr=


Hi George -

I would guess that less than 2% of American audiences would recognize the word "medicancy" (I would say native-english speakers - but I don't know if it is common other places in the world). I had never heard of it at least (and I am decently educated... )

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I also have never heard mendicancy used before.

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I am aware of the word. And have used the word mendicant (beggar) in conversation before. I think all of one time in my life.

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If I'm not mistaken, I used the word becauce Soke had mentioned "Takuhatsu" (religious mendicancy) in his class.

See http://www.mekong.ne.jp/photo/GotoOsami/000801.htm .

What do you call it?

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I think "mendicant" has a very particular meaning, which is why it's seldom used. It certainly has overtones of religion to me....and it wasn't until someone said 'beggar' that I remembered its full meaning.

I'd guess it's not used as much now as there are fewer 'religious beggars' than there perhaps once used to be in the West. (And those that there are do it via TV, rather than the way a "traditional" mendicant would).

My Japanese is certainly in no state to understand the site you linked, but looking at the picture, I guess you used the right word. Although "mendicancy" feels much too much of a mouthful!

Is the (Buddhist?) mendicant common in Japan/the East/Asia? I'm guessing that, there being a web page about them, it's more common than I feel they are in the West, but I don't recall seeing any while I was there.

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Is the (Buddhist?) mendicant common in Japan/the East/Asia?


Not in Japan now, but most Japanese people know what it is, I think. It seems they are still doing it in some other countries.

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I'm guessing that, there being a web page about them, it's more common than I feel they are in the West, but I don't recall seeing any while I was there.


Probably. FYI, those photos were taken in Myanmar.

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