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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. Tengu
11. Inuyasha
12. Rago


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. Sometimes 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

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.


豪
鬼
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, specter/spectre, demon, monster, or goblin.

Tengu

China tiān gǒu
Japan ten gu
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This is the Japanese title for Tengu, which roughly translates as, "heavenly dog."

Tengu are a type of legendary creature found in Japanese folk religion and are also considered a type of Shinto god (kami) or yōkai (supernatural beings).

The origin is Chinese, though this term is seldom used in Chinese any more. It was a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou)

Although the title contains the word "dog," the tengu are often depicted with human and bird-like characteristics. Sometimes they have large noses or beaks like birds.

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.

Rago

China luó hóu
Japan ragou
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This is a Japanese personal name, Rago.

The meaning can be the intersection of the Moon's orbit with the ecliptic in Vedic astronomy (from Sanskrit Rāhu). In Buddhist context, this can be, "the demon who is supposed to seize the sun and moon and thus cause eclipses."

This is a variant of the Chinese 羅睺. It can also be written 羅護 or 羅虎. If you need the more ancient Chinese version, just let me know.


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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Demon 惡魔
恶魔
aku ma / akumaè mó / e4 mo2 / e mo / emo o mo / omo
Demon
Raksha
羅剎 / 羅刹
罗刹
luó chà / luo2 cha4 / luo cha / luocha lo ch`a / locha / lo cha
Demon
Ghost
Apparition
妖魔you ma / youma / yo ma / yomayāo mó / yao1 mo2 / yao mo / yaomo
Frightful Demon
Asura
阿修羅
阿修罗
ashuraē xiū luó
e1 xiu1 luo2
e xiu luo
exiuluo
o hsiu lo
ohsiulo
Ghost Demon oniguǐ / gui3 / gui kuei
Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior
鬼武者oni mu sha / onimusha
Fallen Angel 堕天使datenshi
Akuma 悪魔akuma
Ghost
Apparition
Phantom
妖怪you kai / youkai / yo kai / yokaiyāo guài / yao1 guai4 / yao guai / yaoguai yao kuai / yaokuai
Tengu 天狗ten gu / tengutiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangou t`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou
Inuyasha 犬夜叉inu ya sha / inuyashaquǎn yè chà
quan3 ye4 cha4
quan ye cha
quanyecha
ch`üan yeh ch`a
chüanyehcha
chüan yeh cha
Rago 羅喉ragou / ragoluó hóu / luo2 hou2 / luo hou / luohou lo hou / lohou
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

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We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

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.


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