Tengu: Mischievous Demon Crows A tengu demon and a Buddhist monk. These scary Buddhist monsters don't exist just to spook you - they symbolize vile and evil aspects of human nature. There is also a humanistic definition of 'deva' [male] and 'devi' [female] ascribed to Gotama Buddha: a god is a moral person. The term “Futen-goshin-gassho” refers to a hand sign (mudra) in esoteric Buddhist practices, acheived by creating a "ring" with the index finger and the thumb. Equal parts man and crow, tengu are imaginative, exploitative, and not without a perverse sense of humor. by signing up, you agree to our privacy policy and terms of service. Southwold, Martin. Taishakuten帝釈天Photo:Nara Era (710-794)HōryÅ«-ji Temple 法隆寺(Nara)Photo courtesy of”Handbook on Viewing Buddhist Statues” by Ishii Ayako. The jikininki ("human-eating ghosts") of Japanese Buddhist mythology fall under the umbrella of hungry ghosts, but exhibit enough unique characteristics to command their own place on this list. Enmaten 焔魔天 (Skt. The devas of the Rūpadhātu have physical forms, but are sexless[citation needed] and passionless. Sanskrit = Rāká¹£asa. Among the oldest Vedic gods, Suiten is the personification of the heavens, and preserver of the universe; later becomes the lord of the Sun Gods, and still later the god of oceans and rivers. Also, Bishamonten, the god who protects all places where the Buddha preaches, is guardian of the north, and he is accompanied by two classes of demons called Yaksha and Rasetsu (this page). Buddhism was originally atheistic, and evolved to incorporate tales of gods and demons after the Buddha's passing. They summarily state that Mahayana views “changed Buddhism from a philosophy to a religion” by constructing a distinct mythology and pantheon that give expression to abstract discussions of karma. When Mara met Siddhartha, he attempted to use his power of delusion to bring about the Buddha's spiritual death, with the help of his daughters Desire, Fulfillment, and Regret. In the Lotus SÅ«tra, there are ten kinds of rāká¹£asÄ« 十羅刹女 who protect the dharma. Originally the Indian god of wind, a deity who brings good fortune, posterity, and longevity. Deities of the 12 directions in Japanese Esoteric Buddhism (Mikkyō 密教), including the four directions and four semi-directions, up and down, and sun and moon. In the Mahāyāna texts, these demons are converted to Buddhism and serve as protectors of the dharma. Southwest (Note: direction unconfirmed). Gatten 月天 (Skt. Japanese Architecture & Art Net Users System, Glossary of Hindi Gods (Art-and-Archeology.com), Kyoto National Museum - Deva Masks, Late 10th Century, Kyoto National Museum - Paintings of 12 Deva (1127 AD). One of the twelve celestials 十二天. The Thugs or Thuggees, were history’s most notorious and deadly criminal cult. Vote up the scariest monsters and demons that come from Buddhism. Also described as the barbarian races of ancient India. For another photo of Bonten, click here. As representations of natural bounty, mystery, and fertility, demons threaten to exceed and overturn the human order. One thing they all have in common: supernatural abilities and an otherworldly appearance, which makes them terrifying. Complete the form below to notify iFunny of a claim relating to your intellectual property rights and content or some technical inconvenience with the service. They are considered to be, like humans, distinct individuals with their own personalities and paths in life.