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Hell

China dì yù
Japan jigoku
Hell Wall Scroll

地獄 is the way that hell is written in modern Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

There's more than one way to express hell but this is the one that has stood the test of time.

The first character refers to the ground or the earth.
The second character means jail or prison.

You can also translate this word as infernal, inferno, Hades, or underworld.

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Hell / Judges of Hell

Ancient way to say Hell
China yīn sī
Hell / Judges of Hell Wall Scroll

陰司 is the ancient way to say "Hell" or "Netherworld" in Chinese.

This title can also refer to the officials of Hell or the judges of Hades or the Netherworld.

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Hell / Kingdom of the Underworld

China yīn cáo dì fǔ
Hell / Kingdom of the Underworld Wall Scroll

This can mean Hell, Hades, Kingdom of the Underworld, or the Netherworld.

When Chinese people have a conversation about Hell, this is usually the term they use. Please note that this is a somewhat oral and informal word.

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地獄


地狱

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Mandarin dì yù / di4 yu4
Taiwan ti yü
Japanese jigoku じごく
Chinese hell; infernal; underworld
Japanese hell; (place-name) Jigoku
naraka, 捺落迦 (or 那落迦) ; niraya 泥犂; explained by 不樂 joyless; 可厭 disgusting, hateful; 苦具, 苦器 means of suffering; if 地獄 earth-prison; 冥府 the shades, or departments of darkness. Earth-prison is generally intp. as hell or the hells; it may also be termed purgatory; one of the six gati or ways of transmigration. The hells are divided into three classes: I. Central, or radical, 根本地獄 consisting of (1) The eight hot hells. These were the original hells of primitive Buddhism, and are supposed to be located umder the southern continent Jambudvīpa 瞻部州, 500 yojanas below the surface. (a) 等活 or 更活 Saṃjīva, rebirth, where after many kinds of suffering a cold wind blows over the soul and returns it to this life as it was before, hence the name 等活. (b) 黑繩 Kaslasūtra, where the sufferer is bound with black chains and chopped or sawn asunder. (c) 線合; 衆合; 堆壓 Saṃghāta, where are multitudes of implements of torture, or the falling of mountains upon the sufferer. (d) 號呌; 呼呼; 叫喚 Raurava, hell of wailing. (e) 大呌; 大號呌; 大呼 Mahāraurava, hell of great wailing. (f) 炎熱; 燒炙 Tapana, hell of fames and burning. (g) 大熱; 大燒炙; 大炎熱 Pratāpana, hell of molten lead. (h) 無間; 河鼻旨; 阿惟越致; 阿毗至; 阿鼻; 阿毗 Avīci, unintermitted suffering, where sinners die and are reborn to suffer without interval. (2) The eight cold hells 八寒地獄. (a) 頞浮陀地獄 Arbuda, where the cold causes blisters. (b) 尼刺部陀 Nirarbuda, colder still causing the blisters to burst. (c) 頞哳吒; 阿吒吒 Atata, where this is the only possible sound from frozen lips. (d) 臛臛婆; 阿波波 Hahava or Apapa, where it is so cold that only this sound can be uttered. (e) 虎虎婆 Hāhādhara or Huhuva, where only this sound can be uttered. (f) 嗢鉢羅; 鬱鉢羅 (or 優鉢羅) Utpala, or 尼羅鳥 (or 漚) 鉢羅 Nīlotpala, where the skin is frozen like blue lotus buds. (g) 鉢特摩 Padma, where the skin is frozen and bursts open like red lotus buds. (h) 摩訶鉢特摩 Mahāpadma, ditto like great red lotus buds. Somewhat different names are also given. Cf. 倶舍論 8; 智度論 16; 涅槃經 11. II. The secondary hells are called 近邊地獄 adjacent hells or 十六遊增 each of its four sides, opening from each such door are four adjacent hells, in all sixteen; thus with the original eight there are 136. A list of eighteen hells is given in the 十八泥梨經. III. A third class is called the 孤地獄 (獨地獄) Lokāntarika, or isolated hells in mountains, deserts, below the earth and above it. Eitel says in regard to the eight hot hells that they range 'one beneath the other in tiers which begin at a depth of 11,900 yojanas and reach to a depth of 40,000 yojanas'. The cold hells are under 'the two Tchahavālas and range shaft-like one below the other, but so that this shaft is gradually widening to the fourth hell and then narrowing itself again so that the first and last hell have the shortest, those in the centre the longest diameter'. 'Every universe has the same number of hells, ' but 'the northern continent has no hell whatever, the two continents east and west of Meru have only small Lokāntarika hells... whilst all the other hells are required for the inhabitants of the southern continent '. It may be noted that the purpose of these hells is definitely punitive, as well as purgatorial. Yama is the judge and ruler, assisted by eighteen officers and a host of demons, who order or administer the various degrees of torture. 'His sister performs the same duties with regard to female criminals, ' and it may be mentioned that the Chinese have added the 血盆池 Lake of the bloody bath, or 'placenta tank' for women who die in childbirth. Release from the hells is in the power of the monks by tantric means.
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陰司


阴司

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Mandarin yīn sī / yin1 si1
Taiwan yin ssu
Chinese hell; nether world
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觀世音


观世音

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Mandarin guān shì yīn / guan1 shi4 yin1
Taiwan kuan shih yin
Japanese kanzeon かんぜおん
Chinese Guanyin, the Bodhisattva of Compassion or Goddess of Mercy (Sanskrit Avalokiteśvara)
Japanese (out-dated kanji) Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva); Avalokitesvara; Kannon; Kwannon; Guanyin; Buddhist deity of compassion
Regarder of the world's sounds, or cries, the so-called Goddess of Mercy; also known as 觀音; 觀世音善薩; 觀自在 (觀世自在); 觀尹; 光世音 (the last being the older form). Avalokiteśvara, v. 阿 8. Originally represented as a male, the images are now generally those of a female figure. The meaning of the term is in doubt; it is intp. as above, but the term 觀自在 (觀世自在) accords with the idea of Sovereign Regarder and is not associated with sounds or cries. Guanyin is one of the triad of Amida, is represented on his left, and is also represented as crowned with Amida; but there are as many as thirty-three different forms of Guanyin, sometimes with a bird, a vase, a willow wand, a pearl, a 'thousand' eyes and hands, etc., and, when as bestower of children, carrying a child. The island of Putuo (Potala) is the chief centre of Guanyin worship, where she is the protector of all in distress, especially of those who go to sea. There are many sūtras, etc., devoted to the cult, but its provenance and the date of its introduction to China are still in doubt. Chapter 25 of the Lotus Sūtra is devoted to Guanyin, and is the principal scripture of the cult; its date is uncertain. Guanyin is sometimes confounded with Amitābha and Maitreya. She is said to be the daughter of king Śubhavyūha 妙莊王, who had her killed by 'stifling because the sword of the executioner broke without hurting her. Her spirit went to hell; but hell changed into paradise. Yama sent her back to life to save his hell, when she was miraculously transported on a Lotus flower to the island of Poo-too'. Eitel; Avalokitêśvara
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Goddess of Mercy and Compassion

ヘル

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Japanese heru ヘル
Japanese (1) hell; (2) Mr (ger: Herr); (place-name) Hel (Poland); Hell

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七趣

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Mandarin qī qù / qi1 qu4
Taiwan ch`i ch`ü / chi chü
Japanese shichishu
The seven gati or states of sentient beings- nārakagati, in hell; preta, hungry ghost; tiryagyoni, animal; manuṣya, man; ṛṣi, a genius or higher spiritual being; deva, god; asura, demon of the higher order; seven destinies

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三塗


三涂

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Mandarin sān tú / san1 tu2
Taiwan san t`u / san tu
Japanese sanzu
The 塗 mire is interpreted by 途 a road, i.e. the three unhappy gati or ways; (a) 火塗 to the fires of hell; (b) 血塗 to the hell of blood, where as animals they devour each other; (c) 刀塗 the asipattra hell of swords, where the leaves and grasses are sharp-edged swords. Cf. 三惡趣; three destinies

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三悪

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Japanese sanmaku さんまく
 sannaku さんなく
 sanaku さんあく
Japanese (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) the world of hungry spirits and the world of animals; three evil worlds hell; (1) (Buddhist term) (abbreviation) the world of hungry spirits and the world of animals; three evil worlds hell; (2) three evils (e.g. prostitution, drugs and venereal diseases)

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三逆

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Mandarin sān nì / san1 ni4
Taiwan san ni
Japanese sangyaku
The three unpardonable sins of Devadatta, which sent him to the Avici hell— schism, stoning the Buddha to the shedding of his blood, killing a nun; three heinous crimes

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仆街

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Mandarin pū jiē / pu1 jie1
Taiwan p`u chieh / pu chieh
Chinese drop dead!; go to hell!; fuck you! (Cantonese)

堕獄

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Japanese dagoku だごく
Japanese going to hell; falling into hell

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夜摩

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Mandarin yè mó / ye4 mo2
Taiwan yeh mo
Japanese yama
Yama, 'originally the Aryan god of the dead, living in a heaven above the world, the regent of the South; but Brahminism transferred his abode to hell. Both views have been retained by Buddhism.' Eitel. Yama in Indian mythology is ruler over the dead and judge in the hells, is 'grim in aspect, green in colour, clothed in red, riding on a buffalo, and holding a club in one hand and noose in the other': he has two four-eyed watch-dogs. M. W. The usual form is 閻摩 q. v; (Skt. yama)

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奈利

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Mandarin nài lì / nai4 li4
Taiwan nai li
Japanese nari なり
Japanese (given name) Nari
idem 泥梨 niraya, hell; (Skt. niraya)

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奈落

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Mandarin nài luò / nai4 luo4
Taiwan nai lo
Japanese naraku ならく
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) Naraka (san: naraka); hell; hades; (2) very bottom; the end; worst possible circumstances; (3) theatre basement; theater basement
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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婆藪


婆薮

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Mandarin pó sǒu / po2 sou3
Taiwan p`o sou / po sou
Japanese basō
vasu 婆萸; good; rich; sweet; dry; according to Monier-Williams, eight personifications of natural phenomena; eight; the sun, etc.; father of Kṛṣṇa; intp. as the first to offer slain sacrifices to Heaven, to have been cast into hell, but after countless kalpas to have become a disciple of Buddha. Also called Vasudeva. Also name of certain devas, e.g. Viṣṇu; and other beings whom men serve, e.g. a father; (Skt. vasu)

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幽冥

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Mandarin yōu míng / you1 ming2
Taiwan yu ming
Japanese yuumei / yume ゆうめい
Chinese dark; hell; netherworld; hades
Japanese semidarkness; deep and strange; hades; the present and the other world; dark and light
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition

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地府

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Mandarin dì fǔ / di4 fu3
Taiwan ti fu
Chinese hell; the nether world; Hades

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地藏

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Mandarin dì zàng / di4 zang4
Taiwan ti tsang
Japanese jizou / jizo じぞう
Chinese Kṣitigarbha, the Bodhisattva of the Great Vow (to save all souls before accepting Bodhi); also translated Earth Treasury, Earth Womb, or Earth Store Bodhisattva
Japanese (surname) Jizou
Ti-tsang, J. Jizō, Kṣitigarbha, 乞叉底蘗沙; Earth-store, Earth-treasury, or Earthwomb. One of the group of eight Dhvani- Bodhisattvas. With hints of a feminine origin, he is now the guardian of the earth. Though associated with Yama as overlord, and with the dead and the hells, his role is that of saviour. Depicted with the alarum staff with its six rings, he is accredited with power over the hells and is devoted to the saving of all creatures between the nirvana of Śākyamuni and the advent of Maitreya the fifth century he has been especially considered as the deliverer from the hells. His central place in China is at Chiu-hua-shan, forty li south-west of Ch'ing-yang in Anhui. In Japan he is also the protector of travellers by land and his image accordingly appears on the roads; bereaved parents put stones by his images to seek his aid in relieving the labours of their dead in the task of piling stones on the banks of the Buddhist Styx; he also helps women in labour. He is described as holding a place between the gods and men on the one hand and the hells on the other for saving all in distress; some say he is an incarnation of Yama. At dawn he sits immobile on the earth 地 and meditates on the myriads of its beings 藏. When represented as a monk, it may be through the influence of a Korean monk who is considered to be his incarnation, and who came to China in 653 and died in 728 at the age of 99 after residing at Chiu-hua-shan for seventy-five years: his body, not decaying, is said to have been gilded over and became an object of worship. Many have confused 眞羅 part of Korea with 暹羅 Siam. There are other developments of Ti-tsang, such as the 六地藏 Six Ti-tsang, i. e. severally converting or transforming those in the hells, pretas, animals, asuras, men, and the devas; these six Ti-tsang have different images and symbols. Ti-tsang has also six messengers 六使者: Yama for transforming those in hell; the pearl-holder for pretas; the strong one or animals; the devīof mercy for asuras; the devī of the treasure for human beings; one who has charge of the heavens for the devas. There is also the 延命地藏 Yanming Ti-tsang, who controls length of days and who is approached, as also may be P'u-hsien, for that Purpose; his two assistants are the Supervisors of good and evil 掌善 and 掌惡. Under another form, as 勝軍地藏 Ti-tsang is chiefly associated with the esoteric cult. The benefits derived from his worship are many, some say ten, others say twenty-eight. His vows are contained in the 地藏菩薩本願經. There is also the 大乘大集地藏十電經 tr. by Xuanzang in 10 juan in the seventh century, which probably influenced the spread of the Ti-tsang cult.

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劍山


剑山

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Mandarin jiàn shān / jian4 shan1
Taiwan chien shan
Japanese kensan
劍樹地獄 Asipattra. The hill of swords, or sword-leaf trees hell, one of the sixteen hells; also called 刀刃路.

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去死

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Mandarin qù sǐ / qu4 si3
Taiwan ch`ü ssu / chü ssu
Chinese go to hell!; drop dead!

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僕街


仆街

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Mandarin pū jiē / pu1 jie1
Taiwan p`u chieh / pu chieh
Chinese drop dead!; go to hell!; fuck you! (Cantonese)

嗢鉢


嗢钵

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Mandarin wà bō / wa4 bo1
Taiwan wa po
Japanese otsuhatsu
(嗢鉢羅) utpala, the blue lotus; the 6th cold hell.

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呼呼

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Mandarin hū hū / hu1 hu1
Taiwan hu hu
Japanese koko
Chinese (onom.) sound of the wind or the breathing of sb who is sound asleep
The raurava or fourth hot hell; (Skt. raurava)

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儘よ

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Japanese mamayo ままよ
Japanese (interjection) (kana only) whatever; never mind; I don't care; the hell with it

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冥府

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Mandarin míng fǔ / ming2 fu3
Taiwan ming fu
Japanese meifu / mefu めいふ
Chinese underworld; hell
Japanese hades; realm of the dead; sheol
The palace of darkness, Hades; office of hell

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冥王

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Mandarin míng wáng / ming2 wang2
Taiwan ming wang
Japanese meiou / meo めいおう
Chinese the king of hell
Japanese (n-pr) Hades (Greek god); Pluto (Roman god); (surname) Meiou

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冥界

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Mandarin míng jiè / ming2 jie4
Taiwan ming chieh
Japanese meikai / mekai めいかい
Chinese ghost world
Japanese hades; realm of the dead
Hades, or the three lower forms of incarnation, i.e. hell, preta, animal; dark realm(s)

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捺落

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Japanese naraku ならく
Japanese (1) (Buddhist term) Naraka (san: naraka); hell; hades; (2) very bottom; the end; worst possible circumstances

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搞毛

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Mandarin gǎo máo / gao3 mao2
Taiwan kao mao
Chinese (dialect) what are you doing?; what the hell?

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業火


业火

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Mandarin yè huǒ / ye4 huo3
Taiwan yeh huo
Japanese gouka / goka ごうか
Japanese hell fire
The fires of evil karma; the fires of the hells; karmic fires

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死王

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Mandarin sǐ wáng / si3 wang2
Taiwan ssu wang
Japanese shiō
Yama, 焰魔 as lord of death and hell.

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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
Hell 地獄
地狱
jigokudì yù / di4 yu4 / di yu / diyu ti yü / tiyü
Hell
Judges of Hell
陰司
阴司
yīn sī / yin1 si1 / yin si / yinsi yin ssu / yinssu
Hell
Kingdom of the Underworld
陰曹地府
阴曹地府
yīn cáo dì fǔ
yin1 cao2 di4 fu3
yin cao di fu
yincaodifu
yin ts`ao ti fu
yintsaotifu
yin tsao ti fu
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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