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Proto-Altaic: *maji
Nostratic: Nostratic
Meaning: protecting spirit
Russian meaning: дух-покровитель
Turkic: *baj ( ~ -ń)
Tungus-Manchu: *maji-n
Japanese: *mi
Comments: ОСНЯ 3, 51. An interesting common Altaic religious term (although within Turkic it is rather hard to distinguish from *bāj 'rich' < *bēǯu q. v.).

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