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Frightful Demon / Asura

China ē xiū luó
Japan ashura
Frightful Demon / Asura Vertical Wall Scroll

This demon title comes from the ancient Sanskrit word Asura.

阿修羅 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.

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阿修羅


阿修罗

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Mandarin ā xiū luó / a1 xiu1 luo2
Taiwan a hsiu lo
Japanese ashura / あしゅら;あすら
Frightful Demon / Asura Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese Asura, malevolent spirits in Indian mythology
Japanese {Buddh} Asura; demigod; anti-god; titan; demigods that fight the Devas (gods) in Hindu mythology; (female given name) Ashura
asura, 修羅 originally meaning a spirit, spirits, or even the gods, it 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'. Other forms are 阿須羅 (or 阿蘇羅, or 阿素羅); 阿修倫 (or羅須倫 or 阿修輪 or 羅須輪); 阿素洛; 阿差. Four classes are named according to their manner of rebirth-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. The 阿修羅道 is one of the six gatis, or ways of reincarnation. The 修羅場 or 修羅巷 is the battlefield of the asuras against Indra. The 阿修羅琴 are their harps.

阿修羅原

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Japanese ashurahara / あしゅらはら Japanese (person) Ashura Hara (1948.1.8-)

阿修羅場


阿修罗场

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Mandarin ā xiū luó chǎng / a1 xiu1 luo2 chang3
Taiwan a hsiu lo ch`ang / a hsiu lo chang
Japanese ashura jō
lit. battlefield of asuras

阿修羅夫

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Japanese asurao / あすらお Japanese (personal name) Asurao

阿修羅子

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Japanese ashurako / あしゅらこ Japanese (female given name) Ashurako

阿修羅道


阿修罗道

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Mandarin ā xiū luó dào / a1 xiu1 luo2 dao4
Taiwan a hsiu lo tao
Japanese ashura dō / あしゅらどう
Japanese {Buddh} (See 六道,阿修羅・あしゅら) Asura realm
the state of existence of asuras

羅睺阿修羅


罗睺阿修罗

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Mandarin luó huó ā xiū luó / luo2 huo2 a1 xiu1 luo2
Taiwan lo huo a hsiu lo
Japanese Ragoashura
Rāhu-asura, the asura who in fighting with Indra can seize sun and moon, i.e. cause eclipses.

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Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Frightful Demon
Asura
阿修羅
阿修罗
ashuraē xiū luó
e1 xiu1 luo2
e xiu luo
exiuluo
o hsiu lo
ohsiulo
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