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The meaning of Rakshas' name
« on: January 19, 2004, 04:06:59 AM »
I thought I would throw this out here...after watching the movie ASOKA, about a Hindu warrior prince who becomes a monk, the word RAKSHAS is the Hindi word for DEVIL.

So now we know the meaning of that character's name.


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Re:The meaning of Rakshas' name
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2004, 01:30:57 PM »
We discussed this before, more precisely it was some tiger-headed mythical creature that fought against some hero dude (probably this Asoka you mentioned) and lived in Ceylon (Sri Lanka?).

... actually I think there were many of them and they were lead by some really über-demon dude who's name I can't remember. Anybody with a less defective memory who took part in the mentioned discussion?

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Re:The meaning of Rakshas' name
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2004, 01:57:18 AM »
This Hindu movie also showed some of the knives and that ribbon sword thing that Silatt used in older manga. Quite an interesting movie, this ASOKA...the word Rakshas also referred to 'demon' as well as 'devil.'
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Re:The meaning of Rakshas' name
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2004, 10:08:22 PM »
yea the hero was Ram(or Rama) and he kicked the Rakshas' ass. the Rakshas were sent by Ravana to kill Rama.
now we burn a giant statue of Ravan in Bombay every year XD
obviously because of its mythology the word rakshas has become synonymous(sp?) with devil, demon, evil person, bad guy.
interestingly enough the word Raksha, also means service or worship.

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Silatt made an appearance too ( sort of)
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2004, 11:08:22 PM »
No this movie Asoka had to do with this emperor named ASOKA. Rakshas actually was the word that LOL his grandfather used to describe this sword that supposedly had magical properties and would make any man an emperor or king, but that it came at a terrible price  * sound familiar? Like Griffith's dream of the kingdom and how he had to 'walk on the bodies of his fallen men' to get there...spilling an ocean of blood*.

His grandfather said that the sword was a demon, a devil, a RAKSHAS. Then he threw the sword in this river but the little boy Asoka went and got it anyways ( hey who could blame him).

There were many similiarities though to SILATT as well..the ribbon circular knives, even his throwing knives. I went and got my Silatt statue LOL and noticed even some of the Hindu soldiers wore similiar outfits but the knives he carries were the exact same as the ones used in battle in that movie.

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« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2004, 12:10:51 AM »
yes im aware of it, its Ashoka.
i was just explaining the real mythology

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Re:The meaning of Rakshas' name
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2004, 10:08:00 AM »
We already did. From day one, actually. ^^;
http://www.skullknight.net/yabbse/index.php?action=display;board=4;threadid=765;start=0#msg14712

Why is it I knew you were going to say that? ;)

Sorry for bringing up a redundant topic. Perhaps I should practice what I preach and search the boards more ;)

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