Tuesday, March 26, 2019

mahou-tsukai 魔法使い

WIP : this article is incomplete and might change in the unforeseeable future.

In Japanese, a mahou-tsukai 魔法使い is a "magic-user," literally, "someone who can use magic," mahou ga tsukaeru hito 魔法が使える人. Generally, however, mahou-tsukai is translated as "wizard."

A madoushi 魔道士 is pretty much the same thing, but since it's a different word, "sorcerer," I guess, who uses "sorcery," madou 魔道.

The term mahou-tsukai also refers to a virgin who's at least 30 years old. Or 25, in some cases.

That's because, according to the legends:

  • {sanjuusai made doutei da}to mahou-tsukai ni nareru
    If {[you] are a virgin until 30 years old}, [you] can become a wizard.

For the record: that's a meme. A variant says you become a "fairy," as in, a spirit, yousei 妖精, instead. See: Tensei Shitara Slime Datta Ken for reference.

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