Asuras, Daityas, Dānavas, Rākṣasas, Piśācas, Bhūtas, Pretas, etc.
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The terms asura and daitya are frequently encountered in contemporary Hinduism and are typically applied to categories of beings who are powerful, evil, or malevolent, and in some sort of rivalry or conflict with the gods and human beings. Thus in puranic mythology, we encounter the asura Mahiṣa, a powerful demon ultimately destroyed by the goddess Durgā, or the asura Bāṇa, who was defeated in battle…

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Hillary Rodrigues, “Asuras, Daityas, Dānavas, Rākṣasas, Piśācas, Bhūtas, Pretas, etc.”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 29 May 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2212-5019_beh_COM_1030340>
First published online: 2012



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