å¹å¥³ 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 (MikkyÅ å¯æ), including the four directions and four semi-directions, up and down, and sun and moon. In the MahÄyÄna texts, these demons are converted to Buddhism and serve as protectors of the dharma. Southwest (Note: direction unconfirmed). Gatten æå¤© (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 åäºå¤©. 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.