Religious Beliefs

What about devils or demons?

Numerous demons (oni) inhabit the cosmos of popular Shinto belief, but their particular province is the north. They are associated with negative forces generally and bad luck. “Rough spirits” (aramitama) are among the larger category of generic spirits or souls. A category of beings called onryo consists of angry spirits. Other beings called goryo, or “august spirits,” are also generally troublesome but deserving of respect for their power. Some of Shinto’s most important shrines are known as goryo shrines, because the kami dwelling there was once a human being who died under inauspicious circumstances. Another large category of evil spirits is that of bakemono, a term that refers to several specific groups of beings especially prevalent in folklore.


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