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List of Gods : "demon"   (200++ records)

NameOrigin Description
Demon name
"Kankala(murti)"
A violent / heavily armed aspect of SIVA Minor god. Traditionally accompanied in artworks by a skeleton, Kankala takes his place in mythology as the representation of the deity who slew V ISNU'S bodyguard VISVAKSENA. This was prompted by the refusal of Visvaksena to permit Siva an audience with Vis'nu. These illustrations were designed by Saivites as part of a propaganda exercise to demonstrate the superiority of Siva over Vis'nu....
Demon name
"Lama"
Acadia A feminine benevolent protective demon that later became the half man and half bull guardian of palace entrances
Demon name
"Lama"
Acadia Feminine benevolent protective demon who later became the half man and half bull guardian of palace entrances Acadia
Demon name
"Bossum"
African One of the two chief deities of the Gold Coast, the other being demonio. Bossum, the principle of good, is said to be white; and demonio, the principle of evil, black. African
Demon name
"Kingu"
Akkadia A demon mentioned in the creation epic
Demon name
"Kingu"
Akkadia demon mentioned in the creation epic Akkadia
Demon name
"Lamatsu"
Akkadia demon of the South-west wind bringing droughts, famines and locusts. Akkadia
Demon name
"Kukuth"
Albania Female demon of sickness. Albania
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Demon name
"Kukuth/ Kukudhi"
Albania This is a female demon of sickness had an unhappy life at as a human
Demon name
"Kulshedra"
Albania Female demonic individual in who may be either an enormous hag with pendulous breasts and / or a dragon like monster who spits fire Albania
Demon name
"Ljubi"
Albania demoness who could cause drought on less a virgin was sacrificed to her Albania
Demon name
"Verbti"
Albania God of fire His name means "blind one". In Albanian folklore he has perfect hearing and an aversion to obscene language and corruption. With Christianization he was reviled as a demon and associated with hell. Albania
Demon name
"Dives aka Divs"
Arab Deevs. demons of Persian mythology. According to the Koran, they are ferocious and gigantic spirits under the sovereignty of Eblis.
Demon name
"Mazikeen or Shedeem"
Arabian A species of beings in Jewish mythology exactly resembling the Arabian Jinn or genii, and said to be the agents of magic and enchantment. When Adam fell, says the Talmud, he was excommunicated for 130 years, during which time he begat demons and spectres; for, it is written, "Adam lived 130 years and (i.e. before he) begat children in his own image". Genesis v
Demon name
"Abdiel"
Arabic An Arabic demon said to be the lord of slaves and slavery. His name is derived from the Arabic word 'Abd', meaning 'slave'.
Demon name
"Delhan"
Arabic An ostrich riding demoniacal being who inhabits the islands of the seas who eats the flesh of shipwrecked seamen. Arabic
Demon name
"Guinechen"
Araucanian A god whose fights with Pillan the thunder-god and Guecufu king of the demons keeps the universe in equilibrium. Araucanian
Demon name
"Elel Puelche"
Argentina Malevolent demonic being. Argentina
Demon name
"Korybantes"
Asia Minor demonic companions of Kybele Asia Minor /
Demon name
"Baal"
Assyrian Baal is a Northwest Semitic title and honorific meaning "master" or "lord" that is used for various gods, spirits and demons particularly of the Levant, cognate to Assyrian belu.
Demon name
"Darawigal"
Australian aboriginal Personification of evil. This demonic deity stands opposed to BAIAME, the creator spirit who represents good in the world. He is generally recognized as an offspring of Baiame who once lived in the sky but fell from grace during the Dreamtime and was sent to the underworld as its ruler. From there he now dispenses death and sickness....
Demon name
"Lilitu"
Babylon Nocturnal demones who lingers on as the Jewish Lilith Babylon
Demon name
"Lucifer"
Babylon Very haughty and overbearing. Lucifer is the name given by Isaiah to Nebuchadnezzar, the proud but ruined king of Babylon: "Take up this proverb against the king of Babylon, and say, ... How art thou fallen, from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!" (Isa. XIV. 4, 12). The poets feign that Satan, before he was driven out of heaven for his pride, was called Lucifer. Milton, in his Paradise Lost, gives this name to the demon of "Sinful Pride." Christian / Gnostic
Demon name
"Eriskegal aka Erishkigal"
Babylon / Allatu demon queen of Seduction and Undeath, Mistress of Succubi. Babylon / Allatu
Demon name
"Abaddon"
Babylonian It is the second of the seven names of the underworld in the Babylonian Talmud. Chief of the demons of the 7th hierarchy Hebrew / Christian
Demon name
"Alu"
Babylonian The strong one. A Babylonian demon.
Demon name
"Asakku"
Babylonian Plague spreading demons. Babylonian
Demon name
"Ekimmu"
Babylonian demons that infest the graves. Babylonian
Demon name
"Rangda"
Bali The demon queen of the leyaks. Terrifying to behold, the child-eating Rangda leads an army of evil witches against the leader of the forces of good. Bali
Demon name
"Beru"
Brazil The butterfly demon who appears at the female puberty rites
Goddess name
"Grahamatrka"
Buddhist A goddess whose name means demon mother
Goddess name
"Grahamatrka"
Buddhist Goddess whose name means demon mother. Buddhist
Goddess name
"Hariti"
Buddhist Goddess for the protection of children, easy delivery, happy child rearing and parenting, harmony between husband and wife, love, and the well-being and safety of the family. Women without children also pray to Kishimojin to help them become pregnant. Originally, Hariti was a cannibalistic demon. She had hundreds of children whom she loved and doted upon, but to feed them, she abducted and killed the children of others. Buddhist
Goddess name
"Khen-Ma"
Buddhist Goddess who is the controller of the earth's demons Buddhist / Tibet
Demon name
"Khen-Pa"
Buddhist God who controls the demons of heaven Buddhist / Tibet
Demon name
"Virudhaka (sprouted)"
Buddhist God. A dikpala or guardian of the southerly direction. Color: blue or green. Attributes: skin from the head of an elephant and sword. Also identified as the head of a group of demons, the kumbhandas....
Demon name
"Bi-har"
Buddhist - Lamaist / Tibet Guardian deity. One of the guardian maharajas protecting against demons. Attended by a lion. Color: white. Attributes: arrow, bow, knife, staff, sword and trident. Three-eyed....
Goddess name
"Bhutadamara (tumult of demons)"
Buddhist / Mahayana God. May be depicted reclining on the Hindu goddess APARAJITA. Attributes: snakes in the hair, and staff. Three-eyed....
Goddess name
"Khen-Ma"
Buddhist / Tibet Goddess. The female controller of the earth's demons, attended by a ram. Attribute: a golden noose....
Demon name
"Khen-Pa"
Buddhist / Tibet God. The male counterpart of KHEN-MA, he controls the demons of heaven, attended by a white dog. Attribute: a crystal staff....
Demon name
"Bi-har"
Buddhist / Tibet A Guardian deity that protects against demons
Demon name
"Baalberith"
Canaanite Lord of covenant, god of death and demon master of the infernal alliance. demon of blasphemy and murder. demon of the second order. Chief secretary and Archivist of Hell, master of the Infernal Alliance. He was one of the demons who possessed an Ursuline nun at Aix-en-Provence in 1610. Canaanite
Demon name
"Wihmunga"
Canada A witch, or a female demon. First Nations
Demon name
"Blue Goblin"
Carnarvonshire A malevolent demon in Carnarvonshire.
Goddess name
"MORRIGAN (queen of demons)"
Celtic / Irish war, fertility and vegetation goddess. A complex goddess displaying various characteristics which are both generative and destructive (see also ANAT, INANA, IS'TAR, ATHENE). At the festival of Samain, she mates with the DAGDA to ensure the future prosperity of the land and as queen Maeve (Medb) of Connaught she was ritually wedded to the mortal king whose antecedent was Ailill. As Nemain (panic) and Badb Catha (raven of battle), she takes on a more warlike and destructive aspect. Rather than engaging directly in conflict, she uses her supernatural powers to spread fear and disarray. The Irish hero Cu Chulainn was thus visited on the battle field by BADB driving a chariot and dressed in a red cloak and with red eyebrows presenting an intimidating appearance. She is capable of changing her shape into various animal forms and in the guise of a raven or a crow is able to foretell the outcome of battle....
Demon name
"Morvran (sea crow)"
Celtic / Welsh Local god of war. The son of CERIDWEN and TEGID FOEL. Legend has it that he was extremely ugly and that his mother tried to imbue him with wisdom by preparing a special brew of inspiration. It was drunk by Gwion. Morvran was invincible in battle because his enemies thought him a demon....
Demon name
"Erh Lang"
China God, with a magic dog, who fights the mountain demons. China
Demon name
"Gui Xian/ Gui"
China These demonic beings are descended from people that had either drowned & / or committed suicide & could not be reincarnated
Demon name
"Hsuan-T'ien-Shang-Ti"
China God who removes demons and evil spirits. Invoke for exorcism, matters involving water. China
Demon name
"Li No Cha"
China A monstrous Immortal with three heads, eight arms and nine eyes was sent down to earth by the Jade Emperor to defeat a plague of demons. China
Demon name
"War Hsuan"
China God of wild beasts, prison, robbers, enemies and demons of all kinds. China
Demon name
"Abigor"
Christian A warrior demon who commands sixty legions and a Grand Duke of Hell. Can fortell future and give military advice.
Demon name
"Aim"
Christian Aka Haborym, Aym, is a fire demon and a duke of hell, who commands 26 legions. He appears holding a torch and riding a viper and he has 3 heads: a serpent, a man, and a cat.
Demon name
"Demogorgon"
Christian Often ascribed to Greek mythology, is actually an invention of Christian scholars, imagined as the name of a pagan god or demon, associated with the underworld and envisaged as a powerful primordial being, whose very name had been taboo.
Demon name
"Flauros"
Christian A Great Duke of Hell who gives true answers of all things past, present and future, but he must be first commanded to enter a magic triangle for if not he will lie, deceive the conjurer, and beguile him in other business. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Focalor"
Christian A Great Duke of Hell who kills men, drowns them, and overthrows warships and has power over wind and sea and hoped to return to heaven after one thousand years, but he was deceived in his hope. Focalor is depicted as a man with the wings of a griffin. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Foras aka Forcas"
Christian Forrasis, a powerful Great President of Hell who teaches logic and ethics, the virtues of all herbs and precious stones, can make a man witty, eloquent, invisible, live long and discover treasures and recover lost things. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Forneus"
Christian A Great Marquis of Hell, and has twenty-nine legions of demons under his rule. He teaches Rhetoric and languages, gives men a good name, and makes them be loved by their friends and foes. He is depicted as a sea-monster. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Furcas"
Christian A Knight of Hell, and rules twenty legions of demons. He teaches Philosophy, Astronomy, Rhetoric, Logic, Chiromancy and Pyromancy. He is depicted as a cruel old man with a long beard and hairy head, riding a pale horse. Christian demonology
Angel name
"Furfur"
Christian A powerful Great Earl of Hell, being the ruler of twenty-six legions of demons. He is a liar unless compelled to enter a magic triangle; then he gives true answers to every questions speaking with a rough voice. Furfur causes love between a man and a woman, creates storms and tempests, thunders, lightning and blasts, and teaches on secret and Divine things. He is depicted as a hart or winged hart, and also as an angel. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Gaap"
Christian The demon of Vanity. Christian demonology
Angel name
"Galearii"
Christian The lowest ranking angels who clean the celestial toilets and make the tea. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Glasya-Labolas"
Christian A mighty President of Hell who commands thirty-six legions of demons. He teaches all arts and sciences just in an instant. He is the author and captain of manslaughter and bloodshed, tells all things past and to come, gains the minds and love of friends and foes causing love among them if desired, incites homicides and can make a man invisible. Christian demonology
Angel name
"Gmial"
Christian An angelic traffic warden of the seven celestial halls. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Golab"
Christian A spirit of wrath and sedition and an adversary of the seraphim. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Gonael"
Christian One of the numerous guards of the gates of the North wind. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Gusion"
Christian A strong Great Duke of Hell, and rules over forty legions of demons. He tells all past, present and future things, shows the meaning of all questions that are asked to him, reconciles friends, and gives honour and dignity. He is depicted as a baboon. Christian demonology
Demon name
"Ordog"
Christian A demonic creature from Hungarian mythology. It personifies the dark aspects of the world. Later it is identified with the Christian devil.
Demon name
"Raum"
Christian / Gnostic A Great Earl of Hell, ruling thirty legions of demons.
Demon name
"Ke'lets"
Chukchee / Siberia The demon of death
Demon name
"Astfgl"
Discworld A demon Lord, king of Hell, and his modern, go-ahead attitude is driving the other demons to distraction. Discworld
Demon name
"Imps"
Discworld Imps are tiny demons that perform minor tasks rapidly. A number of Discworld labour-saving devices exist which function by trapping small imps. The most notable is the iconograph, but others include watches, food processors, razors and personal organisers. The imps in these devices seem not to mind their jobs, although they get sarcastic if overworked or asked to do things outside their purview. Discworld
Demon name
"Neuralger"
Discworld A female demon which comes to men in their dreams and has a headache. They are usually summoned by mistake, by demonologists who were expecting a succubus. Discworld
Demon name
"Alrinach"
Eastern The demon who causes shipwrecks and presides over storms, Rain, hail and earthquakes. Appears in the form and dress of a woman. Eastern mythology
Demon name
"Apep"
Egypt Aka Apepi, Apophis. demon enemy of the Sun this huge serpent caused storms and eclipses and ate the Sun at evening. Rules over: darkness, storm, night, the underworld, death, eclipses. Egypt
Demon name
"Apophis"
Egypt The demon of darkness
Demon name
"Ipet"
Egypt She was originally the demon-wife of Apep, the original god of evil. Egypt
Goddess name
"Armkis [Greek]"
Egypt / Upper Birth goddess. Minor deity with cult centers in lower Nubia and at Elephantine. She is variously the daughter of RE, and of KHNUM and SATIS. Anukis lives in the cataracts of the Lower Nile. Her portrait appears in the Temple of Rameses II at Beit-et-Wali where she suckles the pharaoh, suggesting that she is connected with birth and midwifery, but she also demonstrates a malignant aspect as a strangler (see HATHOR). Her sacred animal is the gazelle. Depicted anthropomorphically wearing a turban (modius) with ostrich feathers. Also Anuket (Egyptian)....
Demon name
"Aamon"
Enoch One of three demons in the service of Satanachia, commander of the first legion of Hell.
Demon name
"Abduxuel"
Enoch One of the demonic rulers of the lunar mansions.
Demon name
"Amarum"
Equador One of the most formidable demons, he father of witchcraft and appears in the form of a huge water-boa. Quichas
Demon name
"Charun"
Etruscan The Etruscan demon of death who torments the souls of the deceased in the underworld and guards its entrance to the underworld. Similar to the Greek Charon, is portrayed with the nose of a vulture, pointed ears, winged, holding a hammer, with which he finished off his victims.
Demon name
"Nathum"
Etruscan An underworld demon or fury. Etruscan
Demon name
"Witches' Sabbath"
European The muster at night time of witches and demons to concoct mischief. The witch first anointed her feet and shoulders with the fat of a murdered babe, then mounting a broom-stick, distaff, or rake, made her exit by the chimney, and rode through the air to the place of rendezvous. The assembled witches feasted together, and concluded with a dance, in which they all turned their backs to each other.
Demon name
"Lempo"
Finland Originally a fertility spirit, became synonymous with demon in the Christian era.
Demon name
"Piru"
Finland spirit, demon. Probably later loan word related to "spirit".
Demon name
"Baltazo"
France One of the demons supposed to have possessed Nicole Aubry of Laon, France, in the year 1566. He went to dine with her husband under the pretext of freeing her from demon possession, which he did not accomplish. It was observed that at supper he did not drink, which showed that demons are averse to water.
Demon name
"Biffant"
France A little-known demon, chief of a legion who was said to have entered the body of Denise de la Caille and who was obliged to sign with his claws the proces verbal of exorcisms. France
Demon name
"Dusiens"
Gauls The name given by the Gauls to those demons that produce nightmares.
Demon name
"Mahr"
Germanic demonic being similar to an Alp germanic / Slavic
Demon name
"Glykon"
Gnostic-Mitharic The reincarnation of Asklepios, a demon with a human head & body of a snake
Spirit name
"Agathos Daimon (good demon)"
Greco - Roman God of fortune. Known locally from Alexandria and depicted in the form of a snake. May have originated as an androgynous fertility spirit, but later becomes identified as the consort of Agathe Tyche (see TYCHE). Libations were made regularly to this deity after meals and he was regarded as a friendly household guardian....
Demon name
"Aerial Demons"
Greek One of the six classes of demons identified by medieval theologians. They roam through the air but remain close to human beings.
Demon name
"Agares / Aguares"
Greek Agares aka Aguares devil. Wierius' hierarchy states Agares is the demon of courage Grand Duke of the eastern regions of Hell, commander of thirty-one legions.
Demon name
"Alcmaeon"
Greek A son of Amphiaraus and Eriphyle, and brother of Amphilochus, Eurydice, and demonassa. (Apollodorus iii) His mother was induced by the necklace of Harmonia, which she received from Polyneices, to persuade her husband Amphiaraus to take part in the expedition against Thebes.
Demon name
"Bathym aka Bathim"
Greek Bathin, Marthin. One of the three demons in the service of Fleuretty. Duke of the Infernal regions he has the appearance of a robust man but his body ends in a serpent's tail. He is well versed in the virtues of herbs and precious stones according to Wierius. He is able to transport men from one place to another with wondrous speed. He commands thirty legions. One of the 72 spirits of Solomon.
Demon name
"Catabolignes"
Greek demons who liked to break and crush magicians and sorcerers.
Demon name
"Daktyloi"
Greek These are the demonic beings discovered the art of working in metal

"Demonassa"
Greek 1. The wife of Irus, and mother of Eurydamas and Eurytion. (Argonautica) 2. A daughter of Amphiaraus and Eriphyle, was the wife of Thersander, by whom she became the mother of Tisamenus. 3. The mother of Aegialus by Adrastus. Greek
Demon name
"Euronomus"
Greek A demon who ate the flesh of corpses. Greek
Demon name
"Eurydamas"
Greek 1. A son of Irus and demonassa, was one of the Argonauts. Apollonius Rhodius calls him a son of Ctimenus. 2. One of the suitors of Penelope, who was killed by Odysseus. Greek
Demon name
"Eurytion"
Greek A son of Irus and demonassa, and a grandson of Actor, is mentioned among the Argonauts. (Argonautica) According to others he was a son of Actor, and he is also called Eurytus. (Apollodorus i) When Peleus was expelled from his dominions, he fled to Eurytion and married his daughter Antigone but in shooting at the Calydonian boar, Peleus inadvertently killed his father-in-law, (Apollodorus iii)
Demon name
"Imp"
Greek A puny demon or spirit of mischief.
Demon name
"Keres"
Greek These were rather evil demon
Demon name
"Lybie and Lamia"
Greek Lybie was the mother of Lamia by Poseidon and as there are virtually no references to Lybie in classical literature it seem likely that Lamia, Lybie and the Lamiae are all variations of the same myth concerning the beautiful queen of Libya, daughter of Belus and Libya. Lamia, in Greek mythology, queen of Libya. She was beloved by Zeus, and when Hera robbed her of her children out of jealousy, she killed every child she could get into her power. Hence Lamia came to mean a female bogey or demon, whose name was used by Greek mothers to frighten their children; from the Greek she passed into Roman demonology. Greek
Demon name
"Maenades"
Greek The priestesses of Dionysus, who at the celebration of his festivals gave way to expressions of frenzied enthusiasm, as if they were under the spell of some demonic power. Greek
Demon name
"Thestius"
Greek A son of Ares and demonice or Androdice, and, according to others, a son of Agenor and a grandson of Pleuron, the king of Aetolia. Greek
Goddess name
"Kihe Wahine"
Hawaii Kindly goddess of demons, who from the the goodness of her heart is also a goddess of lizards Hawaii
Demon name
"Babael"
Hebrew A demon known as the Keeper of Graves.
Demon name
"Balaam"
Hebrew demon preoccupied with avarice and greed. Hebrew
Demon name
"Balan"
Hebrew A demon said to be high in the monarchy. The demon of finesse and ruses. Also a prince of hell. Hebrew
Demon name
"Balban"
Hebrew A demon of delusion. Hebrew
Demon name
"Bearded Demon"
Hebrew The demon who teaches the secret of the Philosopher's Stone. Hebrew
Demon name
"Bechard aka Bechaud"
Hebrew A demon having power over the winds and the tempests. He makes hail, thunder and Rain. Unk
Demon name
"Botis"
Hebrew A horrid viper, but when commanded, assumes a human shape, with large teeth and horns. He bears a sharp sword in his hand, discerns past, present and future, and reconciles friends and foes. One of the three demons in the service of Agaliarept. Hebrew
Demon name
"Magog and Gog"
Hebrew Are variously presented as men, supernatural beings (giants or demons), national groups, or lands. Gog and Magog occur widely in mythology and folklore.
Demon name
"Nevertheless"
Hebrew Few if any Biblical uses of "Baal" refer to Hadad, the lord over the assembly of gods on the holy mount of heaven, but rather refer to any number of local spirit-deities worshipped as cult images, each called baal and regarded as an "idol". Therefore, in any text using the word baal it is important first to determine precisely which god, spirit or demon is meant.
Demon name
"Ahi"
Hindu A serpent aka Vritra, the Vedic demon of drought. Hindu
Demon name
"Ambika"
Hindu A feminine personification of Parvati in Hindu mythology who could transform herself into the fearsome Kali and kill demons with a supersonic hum. Hindu
Demon name
"Andhaka"
Hindu Son of Kasyapa and Diti, a demon with a thousand arms and heads, two thousand eyes and feet. Though he walked like a blind man he could see very well. Hindu
Goddess name
"Chamunda"
Hindu An emanation from the forehead of the goddess Durga to encounter the demons Chanda and Munda. Hindu
Demon name
"Hiranyagarbha"
Hindu Creator god identified in the Rig Veda, the demon king who proclaimed himself king of the universe Hindu / Vedic
Goddess name
"Indrani"
Hindu The goddess of wrath and jealousy, and a daughter of Puloman, a demon who was killed by Indrani's future husband, Indra. She is beautiful and has one-thousand eyes. She is associated with lions and elephants. Hindu
Demon name
"Kabandha"
Hindu The chief demon of the Ramayana. Indra zapped him with a thunderbolt. Hindu
Demon name
"Kaitabha and Madhu"
Hindu Kaitabha and Madhu were two horrible demons who, according to Mahabharata and the sprang from the ear of Vishnu while he was asleep. Hindu
Demon name
"Kuvalayapida"
Hindu An immense elephant, or a demon in elephantine form, belonging to Kansa, and employed by him to trample the boys Krishna and Balarama to death. The attempt failed and the elephant was killed. Hindu
Demon name
"Mahisa"
Hindu demonic god Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Demon name
"Pradyumna"
Hindu A son of Krishna and Rukmini who, as a baby, was abducted by the demon Sambara and cast into the sea and swallowed by a fish. The fish was caught and opened and the child was found inside. He was given to a woman in Sambara's house to raise. Narada informed her about the true identity of the child. When Pradyumna grew up, he battled the demon Sambara, defeated him. Pradyumna was later killed in a drunken brawl in his father's court at Dwaraka. Hindu
Demon name
"Pramatha"
Hindu The tormentors, a class of demons who attend upon Siva. Hindu
Demon name
"Sankhasura"
Hindu A demon who warred against the gods, stole the Vedas and hid them at the bottom of the sea. They were rescued by Vishnu in the form of a fish. Hindu
Goddess name
"Sarasvati"
Hindu A sacred river in the Vedas, and as a river goddess she was often invoked to bestow vitality, renown. She is described as moving along a golden path and destroying the demon Vritra. Hindu
Goddess name
"Svadha"
Hindu Minor goddess who helps with the destruction of demons. Hindu
Demon name
"Uma"
Hindu Consort of Siva, famous for her defeat of the army of Chanda and Munda, two demons. She is represented as holding the head of Chanda in one of her four hands, and trampling on Munda. The heads of the army., strung into a necklace, adorn her body, and a girdle of the same surrounds her waist. Hindu
Demon name
"Varaha"
Hindu The third avatar of Vishnu, in the form of a boar, who appeared in order to defeat Hiranyaksha, a demon who had taken the earth and carried it to the bottom of the cosmic ocean. Hindu
Goddess name
"Ankalamman"
Hindu - Dravidian / Tamil Guardian goddess. Known particularly in southern India where she wards off demons. Alternatively she is an aspect of KALI....
Goddess name
"Balarama (strength of Rama)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS'NU. May have originated in Vedic times as an agricultural fertility deity. He is the son of VASUDEVA and DEVAKI, though born from the womb of ROHINI. Jointly with KRSNA (his brother), he is identified as the eighth avatara (incarnation) of Vis'nu, or, with RAMA, as the seventh. Legend describes how Vis'nu impregnated the belly of the goddess Devaki with two hairs, one black, one white. To ensure their safety against a demon king, they were transferred before birth to Rohini. Krsna grew to be dark-skinned, and Balarama light. The latter enjoys similar characteristics to Krsna but fails to attract the same popularity. He is usually depicted on the right side of Krsna, rarely standing alone. The consort of Balarama is REVATI and his sons are Nisatha and Ulmuka. Epithets included Ananda (joy). In Jainism he is known as Baladeva. Attributes: arrow, club, drinking cup, fan palm, honey pot, lotus, pestle, pitcher, plough, prayer wheel, shield and sword....
Demon name
"Bali"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic demonic god. The son of Virocana, his power was removed by VIS'NU in his avatara of VAMANA....
Goddess name
"Camunda"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic (1) Goddess. A distinct form of DURGA. The name is said to be a contraction of the names of the demonic beings Camda and Munda killed by her. She is also recognized among the SAPTAMATARA and ASTAMATARA mothers as well as sometimes being regarded as a NAVASAKTI. She stands variously on a lion, an owl and a corpse. Attributes: a large and varied assortment of objects are held. Three-eyed. Also YAMI.(2) Goddess. Buddhist. She stands upon a corpse. Color: red. Attributes: cup and knife....
Goddess name
"Canda (violent)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Terrible goddess. A distinct form of DURGA and one of a group of nine NAVADURGAS (“nine durgas). Canda, with Munda, was also one of the demons killed by a form of Durga known as CAMUNDA (contraction of the two demonic names). She is depicted with a large number of attributes. Also a form of MAHISASURAMARDINI....
Goddess name
"Hanuman (with large jaws)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Monkey god. Hanuman attends RAMA, one of the incarnations of VISINU, and personifies the ideal and faithful servant. He is the son of PAVANA, the god of winds, and is noted for his speed and agility in which context he is often worshiped by young men and athletes. He leads a mythical Forest army of monkeys, and is depicted as a monkey with a long tail. He takes a major role in the Ramayana epic searching for, and rescuing, the goddess SITA who has been captured by the demon Ravana. He may appear trampling on the goddess of Lanka [Sri Lanka]. Worshiped particularly in southern India but more generally in villages. Color: red. Attributes: bow, club, mane, rock and staff. May appear five-headed....
Demon name
"Hayagriva (horse neck)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic (1) The most significant minor incarnation of the god VIS'NU. He probably originated as a horse god and later became an avatara associated with wisdom and knowledge. At the behest of BRAHMA, Hayagriva rescued the Vedas, stolen by two demons, from the bottom of the primeval ocean. Depicted in human form with the head of a horse and, according to the texts, eight hands. Attributes: Book (Veda), horse's mane and rosary. Also the attributes of Vis'nu. Also Hayasirsa, Vadavavaktra.(2) Patron god of horses. Buddhist-Lamaist [Tibet]. One of a group of DHARMAPALA with terrible appearance and royal attire, he is considered to be an emanation of AKSOBHYA or AMITABHA. His SAKTI is MARICI. Color: red. Attributes: horse heads, staff and trident, but also arrow, ax, banner, bow, club, flames, flower, image of Aksobhya or Amitabha on the crown, lotus, noose, prayer wheel, skin, snakes, sword and trident. Three-eyed....
Goddess name
"Kadru (russet)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Goddess. One of the daughters of DAKSA, consort of KASYAPA and mother of the nagas (snake demons)....
Goddess name
"Mahisa (buffalo)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic demonic god. Depicted most frequently in the form of a buffalo, but he also confounds the gods by changing himself into many other animal guises. He is eventually slain by the goddess DEVI in the form of MAHISASURAMARDINI....
Demon name
"Matsya"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS'NU. In this first avatara Vis'nu appears as a fish which, according to one legend, tows a ship carrying the law-giver MANU to safety after the primal flood. Matsya engages in an epic battle with the demon HAYAGRIVA who stole the Vedas from a sleeping BRAHMA. Usually depicted with a human torso carrying symbols, e.g. wheel and conch, on a fish's body....
Demon name
"Mohini (illusion)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Minor incarnation of VIS'NU. Mohini is an avatara who appears in the form of an enchantress whose form Vis'nu adopted briefly to deceive demons attempting to remove the ambrosia created by churning the primeval ocean of milk (see also GARUDA). Vis'nu used the same guise to dupe and seduce the god SIVA....
Goddess name
"Narasinha (man-lion)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god Vis'nu. The fourth avatara of the god is depicted as a man-lion hybrid. According to legend, the demonic king Hiranyakasipu had taken on a dangerous invulnerability. To thwart this, VIS'NU took the form of Narasinha and hid inside a pillar of the king's palace whence he sprang, capturing Hiranyakasipu and tearing out his entrails. IconographicalIy, the scene is portrayed with the victim thrown across Narasinha's lap and the god's claws plunged into his body. Narasinha may also appear seated in a yoga position with the goddess LAKSMI on his knee....
Demon name
"Parasurama (Rama-with-the-ax)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS'NU. The sixth avatara of Vis'nu (see also RAMA) in which form he saved the world from an army of tyrannical warriors. According to legend, Rama, the son of a wise man, became a skilled bowman and in gratitude he went to the Himalaya where he stayed, devoting himself to SIVA. His consort is DHARANI. Though without his bow, Rama acted as a champion of the gods in a war against the demons and was rewarded with an ax. In another legend, Vis'nu took the form of Parasurama to rid the world of despotic rulers. This avatara appears in human form, with two arms and with an ax in the right hand. Other attributes: arrow, bow, knife, skin and sword. Also Parasuramavatara....
Demon name
"Rama (pleasing)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VIS NU. The seventh avatara (sun aspect) of Vis nu. Rama began as a comparatively minor incarnation who became one of the great heroes of the Ramayana epic, as well as featuring in the Mahabharata. The son of Dasaratha and Kausalya, he was a king of Ayodhya who, in the Ramayana, slew the demon Ravana that had captured his consort SITA and was upheld as a deity par excellence in respect of manhood and honor, though his subsequent treatment of his wife might be regarded as cavalier (see Sita). The Ramayana epic was composed by the poet and sage Valmeeki during the reign of Ramachandra and it gave form to a story that had been in existence for many centuries as an oral tradition. Valmeeki portrayed Rama not as an incarnate deity but as a great mortal hero. The saga is strongly political and serves to unite a vast and fragmented people in a common focus, irrespective of caste and language. It defines the historical schism between the Hindu culture of India and the largely Buddhist tradition of Sri Lanka. Rama rides in a chariot and is depicted in human form with two arms, typically holding a sugar cane bow and with a quiver at his shoulder. Also Ramacandra....
Planet name
"Sukra (bright)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Astral god. The personification of the planet Venus and the tutor of the demons. He may, on occasion, be represented as female, owing to the fact that he was once made to swallow his attendant Kaca and then restore him to life. Color: white. Rides in a golden or silver chariot drawn by eight or ten horses. Attributes: Book, prayer wheel, purse, staff, treasure and waterjar....
Demon name
"Varaha (boar)"
Hindu / Epic / Puranic Incarnation of the god VISNU. The third avatara of Vis'nu, which appears as a boar. According to legend, he descends in this guise to the bottom of the primeval sea to rescue the earth, which has been removed there by a demon. He retrieves it in the shape of a girl. The avatara may be depicted in wholly animal form or as a human with a boar's head. Epithets include Adivaraha....
Demon name
"Kacchapesvara (lord of the tortoise)"
Hindu / Puranic God. An epithet of S IVA. In certain artworks, particularly those inscribed on linga stones, VIS NU, in his aspect of KURMA(VATARA), the tortoise, is depicted worshiping S iva. These illustrations were designed by Saivites as part of a propaganda exercise to demonstrate the superiority of S iva over Vis nu....
Goddess name
"Mahisasuramardini (slayer of the buffalo demon)"
Hindu / Puranic Form of the goddess DEVI. Appearing from the fourth century AD onward, this goddess is a DURGA form of Devi. She possesses up to twelve arms holding an assortment of weapons and may be seated on a lion. According to legend, the form arose in response to the threat from the demonic MAHISA who was eventually slain by the goddess Devi with his own sword. Attributes: ax, banner, bell, bow, club, conch, drum, hook, lizard, mirror, noose, prayer wheel, shield, sword, staff and trident. Three-eyed....
Demon name
"Nataraja (lord of the dance)"
Hindu / Puranic Form of the god SI IVA. Emerging from AD 1200 onward, this form depicts SI iva as “lord of the dance” ringed by fire and with one foot on a demon in the form of a black dwarf. Nataraja arguably epitomizes the moving power in the cosmos. Largely seen in southern Indian bronzes which display the dance-form anandatandava....
Demon name
"Pancanana"
Hindu / Puranic demonic deity. Regarded as a form of the god SI IVA possessing five faces, each face having three eyes. Depicted with the naked body of an ascetic, wearing a necklace of snakes. Shrines symbolize the god with a stone, its top painted red and usually placed beneath a tree. Pancanana is worshiped extensively in Hindu villages throughout Bengal where women make invocations and anoint the stones, particularly when sickness strikes. There is a belief that children in the throes of epilepsy have been seized by the god....
Goddess name
"Pidari (snake-catcher)"
Hindu / Puranic / later One of the consorts of S IVA. A benevolent NAVASAKTI. The cult of Pidari probably evolved in the sixth and seventh centuries AD and is generally restricted to southern India. She is considered an aspect of the goddess KALI and is invoked in many villages to ward off evil and demons. She has most of the attributes of Kali and may also have snakes around her breasts, but may additionally be represented by a stone. Her cult moved at one time and reached a climax in eastern India between the eighth and twelfth centuries. Attributes: cup, fire, noose and trident. Also Pitali; Kala-Pidari....
Demon name
"Asuras"
Hindu / Vedic sky gods. Identified in the opening of the Rg Veda, they become demonic in later Hinduism, the antagonists of the DEVA gods....
Demon name
"Garuda (the devourer)"
Hindu / Vedic Archaic Sun god and Divine vehicle. Originally depicted as a solar deity, Garuda evolved into a bird-like human hybrid who became the deified mount of VIS'NU. Also a chief adversary of nagas (snake-like demons), which he devours. In early depictions Garuda has a parrot's beak. Said to have been born from an egg, the son of Vinata and KASYAPA. Epithets include Amrtaharana, Garutman, Tarksya. Attributes: conch, club, lotus and nectar, but may also bear the attributes of Vis'nu.(2) Mount or vahana of VAJRAPANI. Buddhist. Attributes: flower, horse-head, noose, skin and staff. Three-eyed and three-headed....
Goddess name
"Vrtra"
Hindu / Vedic demonic god of chaos. A primordial being who existed before the formation of the cosmos and who was slain by the mother goddess SARASVATI....
Goddess name
"Indrani"
Hindu / Vedic / Puranic Goddess of wrath. Daughter of Puloman, a demonic figure killed by the god INDRA, and the SAKTI and consort of Indra. One of seven MATARAS (mothers) who in later Hinduism became regarded as of evil intent. Also one of a group of eight ASTAMATARAS personifying jealousy (also named Aindri in this capacity). In another grouping one of nine NAVASAKTIS or astral deities who, in southern India, rank higher than the SAPTAMATARAS. Her attendant animal is either an elephant or a lion. Attributes: hook, rosary, Santana flower, staff and waterjar. One thousand-eyed. Also Aindri; Mahendri; Paulomi; Saci; Sujata....
Demon name
"Kasyapa (deriving from the Sanskrit for “tortoise”)"
Hindu / Vedic / Puranic Primordial god. In Vedic literature a Divine demiurge and father of mankind, snake demons, DEVAS etc. His name stems, arguably, from the notion of the cosmos as a giant tortoise. He has had thirteen consorts. In other texts he is the father of the god NARADA who consorted with one of the daughters of DAKSA. Also PRAJAPATI....
Goddess name
"Diti"
Hindu / Vedic, Epic / Puranic Goddess. The daughter of DAKSA, a consort of ADITI (in the Rg Veda) or KASYAPA and the mother of a race of demons. Attributes: blue lotus, child and fruit.See also Aditi....
Goddess name
"Khandsba"
Hindu / late Form of the god SI IVA. Khandoba is believed to have emerged as a deity with a distinct cultic following no earlier than the thirteenth or fourteenth century, mainly in western India and centered on Jejuri, near Poona. The god is generally regarded as one of several martial forms which SI iva took to combat demons. His consort is the goddess MHALSA, considered to be a form of PARVATI. He is depicted bearing four arms and is usually mounted on a horse, but may also be accompanied by a dog. Attributes: bowl, drum, sword and trident. Also Makhari; Mallari; Martland....
Planet name
"Sukra"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic This astral god was the personification of the planet Venus, he tutored demons on the side
Goddess name
"Ankalamman"
Hindu / Dravidian Guardian goddess who wards off demons. Sister of Draupadi. Hindu / Dravidian
Demon name
"Bali"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic demonic god. Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Demon name
"Kurma"
Hindu / Puranic / Epic Avatar of Visnu. In the form of a tortoise he placed himself at the bottom of the sea of milk, and made his back the base or pivot of the mountain Mandara. The gods and demons twisted the great serpent Vasuki round the mountain' and, dividing into two parties, each took an end of the snake as a rope, and thus churned the sea until they recovered the desired objects. Hindu / Puranic / Epic
Demon name
"Asuras"
Hindu / Vedic A group of power-seeking deities, sometimes referred to as demons. They were opposed to the devas. Hindu / Vedic
Demon name
"Alauwaimis"
Hittite demon who drives away evil and sickness Hittite
Demon name
"Illujanka"
Hittite Hittite snake demon.
Demon name
"Tarpatassis"
Hittite demon who staves off sickness and grants long, healthy life. Hittite
Demon name
"Fene"
Hungarian A demon oppososed to light and an inventor of unusual contraptions and devices. Fene is also the name of the place where demons roam. Hungarian
Demon name
"Guta"
Hungary demonic being who who beats his victims to death. Hungary
Demon name
"Hedammu"
Hurrian He is a snake demon that resides in the sea and he is constantly hungry
Demon name
"En"
Iltyrain A god who was demoted a demon by the Christians
Demon name
"Bir"
India A very malignant village demon. India
Goddess name
"Candi"
India demon-destroying form of the Hindu goddess Sakti. India
Demon name
"Danavas"
India Danava. An ancient name for demons. Half Divine / half demonic beings. India
Demon name
"Darbas"
India The Tearers. Rakshasas and other destructive demons.
Demon name
"Devas"
India Some gods at perpetual war with the demons
Demon name
"Devas"
India Some gods at perpetual war with the demons. India
Demon name
"Hiranyakasipu"
India demon who held the earth prisoner, under flood waters. India
Demon name
"Kesi"
India A demon with and was defeated by Indra. In the Puranas, a Daitya who took the form of a horse and attacked Krishna, but was killed that hero's thrusting his arm into his jaws and rending him asunder. India
Demon name
"Kirmira"
India A monster, brother of Vaka. He opposed the entrance of the Pandavas into the Kamyaka Forest, and threatened that he would eat Bhima. A furious combat ensued, in which Bhima and he hurled large trees at each other, but the demon was at length strangled and had all his bones broken by Bhima. India
Demon name
"Kuvalaswa"
India A prince of the Solar race, who had 21,000 sons. Attended by his sons he attacked the great Asura, Dhundhu, who lived in a sea of sand, and harassed the devotions of the pious sage Uttanka. They unearthed the demon and slew him. India
Demon name
"Beyreva"
Indian Indian demon, master of souls that roam through space after being changed into airy demons. It is said to have crooked nails with which it lopped off one of Brahma's heads.
Demon name
"Dano"
Indian An Indian demon who is similar to the Bir.
Demon name
"Buta"
Indonesian An evil demon with hooked teeth. Indonesian
Demon name
"Aningan"
Inuit The moon, brother to the Sun whom moon chases across the sky. Aningan has a great igloo in the sky where he rests. Irdlirvirissong, his demon cousin, lives there as well. The moon is a great hunter, and his sledge is always piled high with seal skins and meat. Inuit
Demon name
"Idlirvirisong"
Inuit demonic cousin of the Sun Inuit
Demon name
"Kigatilik"
Inuit Delightful fanged demon who has no love of priests Inuit
Demon name
"Sedna"
Inuit queen of the monsters and demons of the underworld. Inuit
Demon name
"Agas"
Iran demon of illness, especially the eyes. Iran
Demon name
"Fomore"
Irish They are the adversaries of the Tuatha De Danann, & called it demons
Angel name
"Black Angels"
Islamic A name used for the fallen angels and are generally considered demons. Islamic
Demon name
"Ahlmakoh"
Islands A demoniac wood-spirit. His nasal mucus plays an important part in rituals and is valued as an amulet for invulnerability. Vancouver Islands
Demon name
"Magic Rings"
Italy This superstition arose from the belief that magicians had the power of imprisoning demons in rings. The power was supposed to prevail in Asia, and subsequently in Salamanca, Toledo, and Italy.
Demon name
"Bishamon-Ten/ Bishamontenno/ Tiamontennu"
Japan A god of wealth & protector of human life that chases demons
Demon name
"Kando"
Japan The Ainus consider the heavens to be three in number. The first in order is called Shi-nish kando, "the greatest skies;" this is supposed to be the home of the chief of the gods, i.e. the Creator. The second order of heavens is called Nochiu-o kando, "the skies which bear the stars;" the second order of gods is supposed to dwell here. The last or lowest heavens are named range kando or urara kando, i.e. "the hanging skies" or "the fog skies;" the lowest orders of gods and some of the demons, especially the demons of thunder, are supposed to live here. Japan
Goddess name
"Kishimo Jin"
Japan The reformed mother goddess of the demons who now works as a child minder. Japan
Demon name
"Raiden"
Japan Raijin. God of thunder typically depicted as a demon beating drums to create thunder. Japan