Tengu

Japanese - Shinto demons in the form of bird-men, offspring of Susanowa. These beings looked human but were hatched from eggs and lived in trees. They were adept in the arts of dancing and the use of the sword and were said to take possession of humans who then became proficient in these arts. Some say that they carried off humans and hid them; when they were recovered, these people were found to be mad. In some accounts, they are regarded as female demons with huge noses and long ears who could fly great distances carrying a man and could bite through steel. They are depicted as having wings, claws and beaks or as largely human with a fan. Occasionally identified as Tengu, Temgu, Temgu, Ten-gu, Ten-gu, Buddhist Oni or Buddhist Oni.

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