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Demon in Chinese / Japanese...

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  1. Demon
  2. Demon / Raksha
  3. Demon / Ghost / Apparition
  4. Frightful Demon / Asura
  5. Ghost Demon
  6. Daredevil Warrior...
  7. Fallen Angel
  8. Akuma
  9. Ghost / Apparition / Phantom
10. Inuyasha


Demon

China è mó
Japan aku ma
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This is a common way to say demon, fiend, evil spirit, devil, or Satan in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

This is a strange choice for a wall scroll, so consider this entry for reference only.

Demon / Raksha

China luó chà
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This Chinese version of demon comes from the ancient Sanskrit word raksha, raksasa (rākṣasa), raksas (rakṣas), or raksasi (rākṣasī).

This title regards malignant spirits, demons. These demons are described in ancient texts as terrifying, with black bodies, red hair, green eyes, and as devourers of men.

刹FYI: Sometimes the second character is written in the form shown to the right.

Demon / Ghost / Apparition

China yāo mó
Japan you ma
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This means demon in Chinese, and perhaps slanted towards ghost in Japanese.

Frightful Demon / Asura

China ē xiū luó
Japan ashura
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This demon title comes from the ancient Sanskrit word Asura. This is often used in Buddhism when describing various demons. Sometime defined as "Fighting and battling giant demon".

In the context of Buddhism: This title originally meant a spirit, spirits, or even the gods (perhaps before 1700 years ago). It now generally indicates titanic demons, enemies of the gods, with whom, especially Indra, they wage constant war. They are defined as "not devas", and "ugly", and "without wine". There are four classes of asuras, separated according to their manner of rebirth. They can be egg-born, womb-born, transformation-born, and spawn- or water-born. Their abode is in the ocean, north of Sumeru, but certain of the weaker dwell in a western mountain cave. They have realms, rulers, and palaces, as have the devas.

In terms of power, Asuras rank above humans but below most of the other deities. They live in the area near the coastal foot of Mount Sumeru (on the northern side). Their domain is partially or wholly in the ocean.

Ghost Demon

China guǐ
Japan oni
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This word can mean ghost, ogre, demon, or "spirit of a deceased person", in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

In some context, it can also mean sly, crafty, ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.)

This can also be the "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions in Chinese folklore).

An extended list of meanings includes: departed; dead; a disembodied spirit; dead person; evil being; hungry ghost.

Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior

Japanese only
Japan oni mu sha
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This is an unusual title that can be translated two ways. The most common is probably "daredevil warrior". However, the first character means demon, ghost, or soul of the departed. Therefore, it can kind of mean soul of a warrior, or demon warrior.


This title is Japanese only, and should not be used if your audience is Chinese.

Fallen Angel

Japan datenshi
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This is the Japanese title for a fallen angel.

This can also refer to a demon or Satan.

Akuma

Japan akuma
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This Japanese word means Devil, Demon, or Satan. This is also the English/Japanese title for a character in Street Fighter.


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Note: In Japan, the Street Fighter is known as Gouki or Goki. This sort of means grand ghost, or great spirit. If you want this instead of the Akuma title, just click on the Goki Kanji to the right.

Ghost / Apparition / Phantom

China yāo guài
Japan you kai
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This Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja word can be defined as devil, ghost, apparition, phantom, spectre, specter, demon, monster, or goblin.

Inuyasha

China quǎn yè chà
Japan inu ya sha
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This is the title Inuyasha or Inu Yasha, a fictional character meaning "dog demon" from Japanese Manga. Also known by Manga-lovers in China.


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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The scroll that I am holding in this picture is a "medium size"
4-character wall scroll.
As you can see, it is a great size to hang on your wall.
(We also offer custom wall scrolls in larger sizes)

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.


A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.




If your search is not successful, just post your request on our forum, and we'll be happy to do research or translation for any reasonable request.

Successful Chinese Character and Japanese Kanji calligraphy searches within the last few hours...

A Vast Sky Full of Stars
Aikido
Autumn
Bamboo
Beautiful
Beautiful Princess
Beautiful Woman
Best Love
Bird
Black Belt
Black Eagle
Bless and Protect
Blessing
Blessings
Blossom
Bodhi Tree
Brotherly Love
Cause and Effect
Cherry Blossom
Confucius
Crane
Death Before Dishonor
Dharma
Dragon
Dragon Tiger
Dream
Elizabeth
Ensosymbol
Eternal
Eternal Life
Eternal Love
Family
Family First
Fight
Fire
Flowers
Forest
Forever
Forgiveness
Ghost
God is Always With You
God is Love
Gold Fish
Golden
Good Luck
Grace
Grace from Heaven
Great
Guan Gong
Happiness
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Harmony
Horse
I Need You
Iron Fist
Jesus
Journey
Koi Fish
Life Energy Spiritual
Life is A Journey
Lina
Live for Today
Longevity
Lotus
Love Forever
Love of My Life
Love You Forever
Luck
Military
Miss You
Money
Moon
Mother
Mother and Son
My True Love
Never Give Up Japanese
Nick
One True Love
Passionate Love
Peace of Mind
Phil
Plum
Pure
Reason
Respect
Roxanne
Russell
Sakura
Scorpio
Sister Love
Sisterly Love
Snake
Speed
Spirit of Dragon
Strength
Strength Courage
Strength Power
Strong Hearted
Strong Woman
Sword
Taijutsu
The Saint
Tiger
Trust
Victory
Virtue
Warm
Warm Welcome
Warrior
Water
Wealth
Wolf
Woman
Year of the Dragon
Yin Yang

With so many searches, we had to upgrade to our own Linux server.
Of course, only one in 500 searches results in a purchase - Hey buy a wall scroll!!!



See: Our list of specifically Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls. And, check out Our list of specifically old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

The following table is only helpful for those studying Chinese (or Japanese), and perhaps helps search engines to find this page when someone enters Romanized Chinese or Japanese

Title
Characters 
Simplified
Traditional
Japanese Romaji
(Romanized Japanese)
Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Demon恶魔
惡魔
aku ma
akuma
è mó
e mo
o mo
e4 mo2
emo
Demon / Raksha罗刹
羅剎 / 羅刹
n/aluó chà
luo cha
lo ch`a
luo2 cha4
luocha
locha
lo cha
Demon / Ghost / Apparition 妖魔
妖魔
you ma
youma
yo ma
yāo mó
yao mo
yao1 mo2
yaomo
Frightful Demon / Asura阿修罗
阿修羅
ashuraē xiū luó
e xiu luo
o hsiu lo
e1 xiu1 luo2
exiuluo
Ghost Demon
oniguǐ
gui
kuei
gui3
Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior
鬼武者
鬼武者
oni mu sha
onimusha
n/a
Fallen Angel堕天使
堕天使
datenshin/a
Akuma悪魔
悪魔
akuman/a
Ghost / Apparition / Phantom妖怪
妖怪
you kai
youkai
yo kai
yāo guài
yao guai
yao kuai
yao1 guai4
yaoguai
Inuyasha犬夜叉
犬夜叉
inu ya sha
inuyasha
quǎn yè chà
quan ye cha
ch`üan yeh ch`a
quan3 ye4 cha4
quanyecha
chüanyehcha
chüan yeh cha

If you have not set up your computer to display Chinese, the characters in this table probably look like empty boxes or random text garbage.
This is why I spent hundreds of hours making images so that you could view the characters in the "demon" listings above.
If you want your Windows computer to be able to display Chinese characters you can either head to your Regional and Language options in your Win XP control panel, select the [Languages] tab and click on [Install files for East Asian Languages]. This task will ask for your Win XP CD to complete in most cases. If you don't have your Windows XP CD, or are running Windows 98, you can also download/run the simplified Chinese font package installer from Microsoft which works independently with Win 98, ME, 2000, and XP. It's a 2.5MB download, so if you are on dial up, start the download and go make a sandwich.

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