Hindu Mythology

The colorful deities and demons of India...

RAKSHASAS

Hindu Demons

The original but not necessarily best Hindu demons

They were spawned from night and ignorance when Brahma was floundering with his first Do-It-Yourself project.

The Rakshasas are rapacious, revolting, rambunctious, rampant evil. Not a glimmer of good. The only glimmering is in their rage-red glowing eyes. They embody every nasty nauseous horror known to man — with great reserves of the unknown that you really don’t want to know about.

They can take any form and creep into any crevice — especially one of yours. Be careful. Look for glowing red eyes and lolling tongues — possibly claws. That’s all you have to go on.

Apart from alerting Shiva or Vishnu, your only protection against these demons is generous helpings of turmeric, fire, or mustard. Why not combine all three defenses with a really fantastic curry meal?

Over in Indonesia, the Rakshasas are known as Raksasas.

Rakshasas Facts and Figures

Name: Rakshasas
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names:

Gender: Male
Type: Demons
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

Role: Unknown at present

Good/Evil Rating: BAD, best avoided
Popularity index: 572

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Article last revised on May 26, 2019 by Rowan Allen.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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