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惡魔 is a common way to say demon, fiend, evil spirit, devil, or Satan in Chinese, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.
惡魔 is a strange choice for a wall scroll, so consider this entry for reference only.
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.
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.
FYI: Sometimes the second character is written in the form shown to the right.
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.
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.
This Chinese, Japanese Kanji and old Korean Hanja word can be defined as devil, ghost, apparition, phantom, specter/spectre, demon, monster, or goblin.
This Japanese word means Devil, Demon, or Satan. 悪魔 is also the English/Japanese title for a character in Street Fighter.
羅喉 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."
羅喉 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.
天狗 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.
The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...
|Title||Characters||Romaji(Romanized Japanese)||Various forms of Romanized Chinese|
|aku ma / akuma||è mó / e4 mo2 / e mo / emo||o mo / omo|
|妖魔||you ma / youma / yo ma / yoma||yāo mó / yao1 mo2 / yao mo / yaomo|
|Ghost Demon||鬼||oni||guǐ / gui3 / gui||kuei|
|羅剎 / 羅刹|
|luó chà / luo2 cha4 / luo cha / luocha||lo ch`a / locha / lo cha|
|ashura||ē xiū luó|
e1 xiu1 luo2
e xiu luo
|o hsiu lo
Soul of a Warrior
|鬼武者||oni mu sha / onimusha|
|妖怪||you kai / youkai / yo kai / yokai||yāo guài / yao1 guai4 / yao guai / yaoguai||yao kuai / yaokuai|
|Inuyasha||犬夜叉||inu ya sha / inuyasha||quǎn yè chà|
quan3 ye4 cha4
quan ye cha
|ch`üan yeh ch`a
chüan yeh cha
|Rago||羅喉||ragou / rago||luó hóu / luo2 hou2 / luo hou / luohou||lo hou / lohou|
|Tengu||天狗||ten gu / tengu||tiān gǒu / tian1 gou3 / tian gou / tiangou||t`ien kou / tienkou / tien kou|
|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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