I have kind of been getting a bit interested in the Negative Mythical Creature Lore in Eastern Mythology, finding some relation to the belief of these
mythical creatures, however Im kind of going one at a time. Not to sure if it fits into the forum, so if it gotta be moved to a more suitable place,
be my guest.
BTW, No Aliens.
Oni's originate from Japanese folklore and have a major impact on the culture, and have many different depictions about them. Supposedly Oni were they
originally are depicted as "Invisible Spirits" with no form, where the actual meaning of Oni in its Japanese Character means "Hide", or "Conceal".
Said to imported from "Buddhism", they were believed to be Evil Spirits where they could be considered Imps in a christian sense, although they could
of been depicted as ghost haunting or infesting sacred places.
However, the actual meaning for Demon in Japanese is "Akuma"( One of the Bad Asses from Street Fighter) or even "Gouki" which means "Great Demon".
They then at some point in time were given forms or better yet "Anthropomorphized", with a much more man eating, intimidating appearance, ranging from
Orges, Trolls, and were said to be devours of men physically. Or even in the afterlife sense where they could be considered Demons from Hell, dragging
evil spirits down.
Oni's traditionally do seem to vary depending on the times, where they could be considered in various ways as mentioned earlier where they originally
are invisible spirits from a buddhist hell, to spirits that cause natural disasters, or being a mythological beast with varying intelligence's
according to whatever belief relate to Oni's. Where they could be very dimwitted creatures with an extra head or a limb, sometimes no feet, and can be
only slain by "Samurai", and an Oni with a club was said to be invincible to defeat . While others could be believed to be elemental like "Rajin &
Fujin" which are more modern personified depictions of Thunder and Wind(or even thunder and lightning)to even being "Kami's"(Japanese for God).
A yearly celebrated tradition that is held by some villages in Japan, is said to ward them off by throwing soy beans, and having a Monkey statue is
said to guard against them. The Japanese word for "Monkey", which is said to be "Saru", meaning "Leaving". They however, have lost much of their
negative meaning in Modern Japan and have rather become idols that ward off evil. It very similar to the use of "Garyogles " in medieval Europe, Imp
like creatures that were believed to ward of evils spirits, or possibly capture evil spirits like it was cat and mouse.
The mighty Samurai are also influenced by Oni's, which was most likely a psychological factor in combat, especially in such superstitious times since
their armor was made intentionally to look like one.
Oni's do share some similarities to the Greek mythological beast, known as the "Cyclops". A giant creature that is said to be a man eater as well, but
are in different stories in that mythology. Where some vary importance, like the ones that were responsible for making weapons for the Gods in the
"Titan War", which is somewhat almost a creation myth in that culture. Another myth creature I find it shares some similarity with is the "Minotaur",
although I don't think the Minotaur has the eat your soul aspect, just more brutally, brutalizing aspect.
Oni's could also share a character element with a more biblical creature, like the "Nephilim" due to being giants, as well as man eaters. What also
interesting, more so in Japanese lore, is that there really is no such thing as Angels, just multiple Gods. They also are very similar to the Islamic
"Jinn", and possibly "Ifrit".
Oni's share many traits with various mythological creatures, whether big or small in value or according to the beliefs. They can be typically viewed
as demons, but in today's world, they are nothing more then monsters under the bed or a Troll guarding a bridge .
edit on 2-8-2014 by Specimen because: (no reason given)