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Ainu.

Aboriginal people in N. Japan perhaps of Caucasian origin; since WW II almost entirely assimilated into culture of Japan. Jesuit Hieronymus de Angelis visited them 1616 and 1620. CMS began miss. work 1876. Religion apparently originally monotheistic, now polytheistic (animism, goddess of fire, ancestor worship).

S. Takakura, “Vanishing Ainu of North Japan,” Natural History, LXXV, 8 (October 1966), 16–25. See also Missions Bibliography.


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