Burakumin (部落民?, "hamlet people"/"village people") were originally members of outcast communities in the Japanese feudal era which consisted of those with occupations considered impure or tainted by death (such as executioners, undertakers, workers in slaughterhouses, butchers or tanners) which according to Shintoism have severe social stigmas of kegare (穢れ or "defilement") attached to them. Traditionally, the Burakumin lived in their own hamlets or ghettos.

As a social minority the Burakumin have been discriminated against.

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