14 strokes
ghost, demon
soul, spirit
Jōyō kanji, taught in junior high
JLPT level N1
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Stroke order

On reading compounds

  • 魂 【コン】 Yang energy, spirit
  • 魂魄 【コンパク】 soul, spirit, ghost
  • 鎮魂 【チンコン】 repose of a soul, ceremony for the repose of a departed soul
  • 入魂 【ニュウコン】 putting one's heart and soul (into), giving one's all, breathing a soul into (e.g. a Buddhist statue), intimacy, familiarity

Kun reading compounds

  • 魂 【たましい】 soul, spirit
  • 魂不死説 【たましいふしせつ】 (theory of) the immortality of the soul
  • 一寸の虫にも五分の魂 【いっすんのむしにもごぶのたましい】 tread on a worm and it will turn, even a tiny bug will defend itself, even the weakest and smallest beings have their own wills, so do not make light of them
  • 死せる魂 【しせるたましい】 Dead Souls (novel by Gogol), Myortvye dushi
  • 魂 【たましい】 soul, spirit
  • 魂消る 【たまげる】 to be astonished, to be flabbergasted, to be startled, to be amazed
  • 稲魂 【うかのみたま】 the god of foodstuffs (esp. of rice)
  • 亡き魂 【なきたま】 departed soul, spirit


Mandarin Chinese (pinyin):


  • alma
  • espíritu
  • corazón


  • alma
  • espírito


  • âme
  • esprit
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