🌏 Region(s): Ryukyu (Okinawa)
まがたま【勾玉】 : magatama | define meaning
- Magatama beads; comma-shaped beads
Cognate to standard Japanese まがたま【勾玉】 magatama "". Ultimately a compound of まが【曲が・勾が】 maga- "bent" and たま【玉】 tama "ball; orb; sphere; bead".
Necklaces made of magatama beads were worn by Ryukyuan shamanesses up until the early 20th century.