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Shinigami (死神, "death god" or "death spirit") are quasi-mythological beings inspired by the Western Grim Reaper; while they are not part of Shinto or Buddhist beliefs, they frequently appear in fiction based on them. They are beings that invite humans to towards their deaths, and they can be seen to be present in certain aspects of Japanese religion and culture.

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Wikipedia entry on Shinigami