yaksha

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A yaksha statue guarding an entrance of the Suvarnabhumi International Airport, Thailand

Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit यक्ष (yakṣa).

Noun[edit]

yaksha (plural yakshas)

  1. (Buddhism, Hinduism) A kind of supernatural being, usually depicted as a benevolent tutelary deity, that attends on Kuvera the god of wealth.
  2. (Southeast Asian mythology) A kind of evil supernatural being, often depicted as having supernatural power, great strength, and frightening appearance; an asura; a demon.