[view·edit·purge]A reaper is a farm tool or machine for harvesting grain. It comes from the word "reap," which means "to take." Due to the association with the Grim Reaper, the reaper is a common symbol of death.
[view·edit·purge]The concept of death as a sentient entity has existed in many societies since the beginning of history. In English, Death is often given the name Grim Reaper and, from the 15th century onwards, came to be shown as a skeletal figure carrying a large scythe and clothed in a black cloak with a hood. In Japanese culture, the equivalent of the Grim Reaper is often the Shinigami, literally meaning "Death God".