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Rakshasa

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Type(s)
Humanoid
Source
Hindu mythology
Scale
Large
Similar creature(s)
Raksha


The Rakshasa (राक्षस) are beings from Hindu Mythology and their name's meaning is something like "Maneater". Nearly the same being is called Asura. They are described as mean looking, hideous creatures with fangs and a taste for human flesh and blood. Furthermore, the most dangerous ones have flaming eyes and drink blood from a human skull. They have the ability to fly and vanish into thin air and use magical illusions. They also can shape-shift and use polymorphy to become any other creature. They are believed to come from Brahma's breath.

Rakshasi is the female form of Rakshasa.
Rakshesha is a female Rakshasa in human form.

One can say, they share many features of Demons and Vampires.

Source[edit | edit source]

The rakshasa originates from Hindu lore. Main sources are the epics Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Media[edit | edit source]

The rakshasa appears in the following media:

Games[edit | edit source]

  • Asura
  • Might & Magic X: Legacy