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Ghost Demon

China guǐ
Japan oni
Ghost Demon Vertical Wall Scroll

鬼 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
Daredevil Warrior / Soul of a Warrior Vertical Wall Scroll

鬼武者 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.


China xī xuě guǐ
Japan kyuu ketsu ki
Vampire Vertical Wall Scroll

吸血鬼 is how to say "vampire" in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Quite literally this means "Suck Blood Ghost" or more naturally in English "Ghost Who Sucks Blood." This title is also used for leeches and blood-sucking vermin.

Just like the word "vampire" in English, this title is used in Asian languages colloquially to refer to "cruel exploiters" and especially in China, it can be used to refer to "capitalists exploiting the workers."

Alone on a wall scroll, this will be understood with just the "vampire" or "bloodsucker" meaning.

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Mandarin guǐ / gui3
Taiwan kuei
Japanese oni(p);ki / おに(P);き
Vampire Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese ghost; demon; terrible; damnable; clever; sly; crafty; (suffix for sb with a certain vice or addiction etc); one of the 28 constellations
Japanese (1) oni; ogre; demon; (2) (See 亡魂) spirit of a deceased person; (3) (おに only) ogre-like person (i.e. fierce, relentless, merciless, etc.); (4) (おに only) (See 鬼ごっこ・おにごっこ) it (in a game of tag, hide-and-seek, etc.); (5) (き only) {astron} (See 二十八宿,朱雀・すざく・2) Chinese "ghost" constellation (one of the 28 mansions); (prefix) (6) (おに only) (slang) (See 超・1) very; extremely; super-; (surname) Miniwa; (surname) Kisaragi; (surname) Oniyanagi; (personal name) Onikatsu; (surname) Oni
preta 薜荔多, departed, dead; a disembodied spirit, dead person, ghost; a demon, evil being; especially a 餓 hungry ghost. They are of many kinds. The Fan-i ming i classifies them as poor, medium, and rich; each again thrice subdivided: (1) (a) with mouths like burning torches; (b) throats no bigger than needles; (c) vile breath, disgusting to themselves; (2) (a) needle-haired, self-piercing; (b) hair sharp and stinking; (c) having great wens on whose pus they must feed. (3) (a) living on the remains of sacrifices; (b) on leavings in general; (c) powerful ones, yakṣas, rākṣasas, piśācas, etc. All belong to the realm of Yama, whence they are sent everywhere, consequently are ubiquitous in every house, lane, market, mound, stream, tree, etc.


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Mandarin xī xuè guǐ / xi1 xue4 gui3
Taiwan hsi hsüeh kuei
Japanese kyuuketsuki / kyuketsuki / きゅうけつき
Vampire Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese leech; bloodsucking vermin; vampire (translated European notion); fig. cruel exploiter, esp. a capitalist exploiting the workers
Japanese vampire; bloodsucker


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Japanese onimusha / おにむしゃ
Vampire Vertical Wall Scroll
Japanese daredevil warrior


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Mandarin jiǔ guǐ / jiu3 gui3
Taiwan chiu kuei
Japanese kuki / くき    kuoni / くおに    kyuuki / kyuki / きゅうき
Japanese (place-name, surname) Kuki; (surname) Kuoni; (surname) Kyuuki
The nine classes of ghosts are of three kinds: without means, small means, rich. The first group have 炬口 burning torch-like mouths, or 鍼口 narrow needle mouths, or 臭口 stinking mouths; the second group have hair like needles, or stinking hair, or tumours; the rich ghosts haunt sacrifices to the dead, or eat human leavings, or live truculently; nine kinds of ghosts


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Mandarin wǔ guǐ / wu3 gui3
Taiwan wu kuei
Chinese five chief demons of folklore personifying pestilence; also written 五瘟神


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Mandarin rén guǐ / ren2 gui3
Taiwan jen kuei
Japanese ninki
Men and disembodied spirits, or demons; disembodied ghosts; men and ghosts



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Mandarin chāng guǐ / chang1 gui3
Taiwan ch`ang kuei / chang kuei
Chinese ghost of sb devoured by a tiger who helps the tiger devour others


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Mandarin zuò guǐ / zuo4 gui3
Taiwan tso kuei
Chinese to play tricks; to cheat; to get up to mischief; to become a ghost; to give up the ghost


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Japanese saiki / さいき Japanese cruel creditor; bill collector



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Mandarin nèi guǐ / nei4 gui3
Taiwan nei kuei
Chinese mole; spy; rat; traitor


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Japanese kenki / けんき Japanese devilish swordsman



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Mandarin yàn guǐ / yan4 gui3
Taiwan yen kuei
Japanese enki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin lì guǐ / li4 gui3
Taiwan li kuei
Japanese raiki
Chinese malicious spirit; devil
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Japanese matagi;matogi;matagi / またぎ;まとぎ;マタギ Japanese (kana only) traditional winter hunters in Tōhoku; matagi


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Mandarin tiān guǐ / tian1 gui3
Taiwan t`ien kuei / tien kuei
Japanese amaki / あまき    amao / あまお
Japanese (surname) Amaki; (given name) Amao
Gods and demons; gati, or reincarnation, among devas and demons; celestials and demons


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Mandarin xiǎo guǐ / xiao3 gui3
Taiwan hsiao kuei
Japanese kooni / こおに
Chinese little demon (term of endearment for a child); mischievous child; imp
Japanese imp; elf; pixie; goblin; devilkin; (female given name) Saki



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Mandarin shī guǐ / shi1 gui3
Taiwan shih kuei
Japanese shiki
A corpse-ghost (called up to kill an enemy).


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Japanese yuuki / yuki / ゆうき Japanese ghost; revenant; spirit (of the dead); departed soul


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Mandarin bì guǐ / bi4 gui3
Taiwan pi kuei
Japanese heiki
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition


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Mandarin xīn guǐ / xin1 gui3
Taiwan hsin kuei
Japanese shinki kokoro-no-oni
A perverse mind, whose karma will be that of a wandering ghost.


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Japanese akki / あっき Japanese evil spirit; demon; devil; (female given name) Akki; (female given name) Aki



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Mandarin è guǐ / e4 gui3
Taiwan o kuei
Japanese akki
Chinese evil spirit; devil
This term is used in Buddhism, but due to a licensing issue, we cannot show the definition



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Mandarin ài guǐ / ai4 gui3
Taiwan ai kuei
Japanese aiki
The demon of desire.



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Mandarin lǎn guǐ / lan3 gui3
Taiwan lan kuei
Chinese lazybones; idle bum



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Mandarin dǎo guǐ / dao3 gui3
Taiwan tao kuei
Chinese to play tricks; to cause mischief


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Mandarin gǎo guǐ / gao3 gui3
Taiwan kao kuei
Chinese to make mischief; to play tricks


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Mandarin sǐ guǐ / si3 gui3
Taiwan ssu kuei
Chinese devil; You devil! (as joke or insult); the departed



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Mandarin shā guǐ / sha1 gui3
Taiwan sha kuei
Japanese satsuki / さつき    saki / さき
Japanese (female given name) Satsuki; (female given name) Saki
To slay demons; a ghost of the slain; a murderous demon; a metaphor for impermanence.


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Japanese koorioni / こおりおに Japanese freeze tag (children's game)


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Mandarin yáng guǐ / yang2 gui3
Taiwan yang kuei
Chinese see 洋子[yang2 gui3 zi5]

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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
Ghost Demononiguǐ / gui3 / guikuei
Daredevil Warrior
Soul of a Warrior
鬼武者oni mu sha / onimusha
Vampire吸血鬼kyuu ketsu ki
kyu ketsu ki
xī xuě guǐ
xi1 xue3 gui3
xi xue gui
hsi hsüeh kuei

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

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