Anime Based On Hindu & Buddhist Mythology

Here is everything you need to know about the anime based on Hindu & Buddhist mythology.

Vinsmoke Judge (One Piece)Vinsmoke Judge (One Piece)

One Piece’s Judge is the head of the Vinsmoke family and ruler of Germa, the Science Kingdom. He also goes by the name Garuda, a bird or human-bird hybrid in Hindu tradition. Garuda is supposedly the first bird in existence, and by extension, the ruler of all avian creatures.

It is the mount of Lord Vishnu, one of the most important Gods in the triumvirate (that includes Brahma and Shiva). It is said to be so powerful that the slightest flutter of his wings can prevent the earth, heaven, and hell from spinning around their respective axes.

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Bishamonten (Noragami)Bishamonten (Noragami)

Noragami’s Bishamonten is a part of the pantheon of the Gods of Fortune, specifically presiding over warfare. She is a gentle soul but tries her hardest to express her martial personality to be taken seriously. Bishamonten is based on one of the Four Heavenly Kings in Mahayana Buddhism, who are beings dedicated to safeguarding the Buddha.

Bishamonten is a reimagination of Vaiśravana, the weaponized (male) deity of war and punisher of sinners. He is usually depicted holding a pagoda and a spear in either hand.

Rakshas (Berserk)Rakshas (Berserk)

Berserk’s Rakshas is a strange character who is banished by the Kushans. This antagonist eventually becomes an apostle and is currently a member of Griffith’s Band of the Falcon.

The Berserk Rakshas is a villainous entity, choosing to murder and torture people to satisfy his craven desires. He is based on the demonic beasts called Rakshasas. It is said to be horrifically cruel and self-serving, several of whom play important antagonists in the Hindu Epics.

Hantengu’s Khakkhara (Demon Slayer)Hantengu's Khakkhara (Demon Slayer)

Demon Slayer is set in Japan’s Taisho Era, but there are very few Hindu/Buddhist references in this anime. One little nugget of Eastern folklore comes in the form of Hantengu, the Upper-Rank Four of Muzan’s Twelve Kizuki. This villain is overwhelmingly powerful and can take on multiple appearances to fool his opponents.

Sekido, one of Hantengu’s many forms, wields a Khakkhara—a weapon constructed from his own body. The Khakkhara is a staff commonly used by Buddhist monks, containing a series of metal rings at the top.

Agni (Black Butler)Agni (Black Butler)

Kuroshitsuji, a.k.a. Black Butler, is partially set in Bengal. A culturally rich region now divided between India and Bangladesh. One of its main characters is Agni, Prince Soma’s most dutiful servant. He is based on the God of Fire in Hinduism.

Agni is one of the most ancient deities that remains prominent today. It usually being invoked during rituals that involve fire—which is pretty much all of them. He is known to manifest himself in various forms, including lighting and the sun. Agni also plays a seminal role in the Ramayana.

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