I've been trying to find information on the Akuma, the fire demon of Japanese folklore, for a manga I'm writing. But all of the sources I went to didn't provide enough detail. And I fear that without the knowledge I need, my depiction won't be as faithful. Could someone please help me?

Here are some of the sites I found so far.

Source 1: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akuma_(folklore)

Source 2: https://occult-world.com/akuma/

Source 3: https://www.unexplained-mysteries.com/forum/topic/57512-akuma/

Source 4: https://www.godchecker.com/japanese-mythology/AKUMA/


The word Akuma is the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese characters 悪(惡)魔, the first character written slightly different in Japanese.

  • 惡 (è) evil / fierce / vicious / ugly / coarse / to harm
  • 魔 (mó) magic

In Chinese Buddhism, these characters are the translation of the Sanskrit [राक्षस, rākṣasa] (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rakshasa)

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