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Buddhist

Chinese

  • Ban Gong - Buddhist monk that spent night in ghostly monastery
  • Gan Jiang - smith that King of Wu orders to make two swords; makes one male (named after himself), and one female named after Mo Ye; king kills him for hiding male sword
  • Huang-Lao - first man; created by mixing of Ying and Yang
  • Kwan Kong/Guan Yu - (real) historical general deified
  • Meng Jiang - girl born of a pumpkin planted by the Meng and Jiang families; married Wan, and goes to the wall to find his bones
  • Mo Ye - wife of Gan Jiang; she casts pieces of her hair into fire to help him make swords
  • Tua Pek Kong - man worshiped after his death
  • Wan - his name means 10,000, so Emperor buries him beneath the Great Wall to ensure its completion; married Meng Jiang
  • Yu - Emperor; fought nine-headed serpent

Indian/Hindu

Mahabharata

  • Abhimanyu - Son of Arjuna; dies in war
  • Abhipratarin Kaksaseni - royal Kuru; his sons divide his property before his death; engages in religious debate
  • Adhiratha - Charioteer, foster father Karna
  • Amba - Eldest daughter King of Kashi, Durga, dies
  • Ambika - Sister Amba, marries king
  • Ambilika - Sister Amba, marries king
  • Arjuna - Complex hero
  • Ashwatthama - Cursed to roam Earth for crimes in war
  • Atri - rishi; Legendary poet; author Vedic hymns
  • Babhruvahana - Son of Arjuna; killed him
  • Balakrsna - Child form of Krishna
  • Balarama - Brother of Krishna; husband Revati; father Nishatha & Ulmuka; possibly incarnation of Vishnu or of Sesha; plow god; instructed Bhima in war; fair complexion, blue vest
  • Bhagadatta - King killed by Arjuna’s arrow while on elephant
  • Bhama - angry wife of Krishna
  • Bhima - Warrior god, prince of Pandu, brother Arjuna
  • Bhisma/Devvratra - Eighth son of Shantanu & Ganga; counselor; celibate
  • Bhumidevi - Wife of Krishna
  • Brihannala - Female name assumed by Arjuna in disguise
  • Chandravarma - King in Mahabharata
  • Charumati - daughter of Krishna and Rukmini
  • Damayanti - Wife of Nala; princess
  • Dantavakra - King; foe of Krishna
  • Devaki - Mother of Krishna
  • Dhrishtaketu - Son Shishupala, ally Pandava
  • Dhristadhyumna - Son of King Drupada
  • Dhritarastra - Elder brother Pandu, fathers 100 sons
  • Dileepa - Righteous Solar Emperor, needed an heir
  • Draupadi - Heroine loved by Pandavas
  • Drona - Teacher of weaponry to Pandavas
  • Drupada - King of Panchal, friend of Drona
  • Duhsana - Warrior for Kurus
  • Duryodhana - Eldest Kaurava, servant of Kali
  • Dushala - Only sister of 100 Kauravas
  • Dushashana - Brother Duryodhana, humiliates Draupadi
  • Eklavya - Peerless archer, student Drona
  • Gandhari - Wife Dhritarastra, daughter Subala; incarnation of Mati
  • Iravan - Son of Arjuna and naga Ulupi
  • Janamejaya - Emperor, great grandson of Arjuna
  • Jarasanha - King of Magadha, defeated by Pandavas
  • Kamsa - Half-demon king defeated by Krishna
  • Karna - Prince, eldest son of Kunti
  • Kartavirya - Arjuna
  • Kichaka - Brother of queen Sudeshna, lust after Draupadi
  • Kripacharya - Teacher of Pandavas/Kauravas, joins Kauravas
  • Krishna - Hero
  • Kritavarma - Ally of Kaurava, survives war
  • Kubja - deformed girl healed by Krishna
  • Kunti - Wife of Pandu
  • Kuru - Lunar prince, ancestor Kauravas
  • Madri - Second wife of Pandu, princess of Madra
  • Nakula - Son of Pandu and Madri, patient
  • Nala - King of Nishadha during Mahabharata; weakness for gambling; possessed renamed Bahuka
  • Nanda - Surrogate father of Krishna
  • Nisatha - Son of Balarama
  • Pandu - Younger brother of Dhirtarastra
  • Parikshita - Yudhisthira hier, hier of Arjuna
  • Paundraka - rival of Krishna that claimed to be avatar of Vishnu
  • Pradyumna - Son of Krishna & Rukmini
  • Radha - Lover of Krishna, marries Abhimanyu
  • Revati - Wife of Balarama
  • Rituparna - Nala served him; king
  • Rohini - Surrogate mother of Balarama
  • Rukmi - Brother of Rukmini, ruler of Vidarbha
  • Rukmini - Wife of Krishna
  • Sahdeva - Son of Pandu & Madri, wisdom
  • Sandipani - Teacher of Krishna & Sudama
  • Sanjaya - Charioteer for Kaurava king
  • Santanu - Ancestor Kuru race
  • Satyabhama - third wife of Krishna; tantrums; avatar of Bhudevi
  • Satyaki - Warrior of Krishna’s dynasty, saved by Arjuna
  • Satyavati - Great grandmother of Pandavas
  • Shalya - Brother Madri
  • Shakuni - Brother of Gandhari, dice player, villain avatar
  • Shikandi - Son Drupada, ally Pandavas, reincarnation Amba
  • Sisupala/Shishupala - Killed by Krishna over a woman
  • Subhadra - Half-sister of Krishna, wife of Arjuna; mother Abhimanyu
  • Sudakshina - King of Kamboja
  • Susarma - King Trigartas, invades Matsya, Bhima defeats
  • Syala - Prince that insults Gargya, leading to birth of Kalayavana (foe of Krishna)
  • Ugrasen/Ugrasena - Mathura King, father of Kamsa, overthrown by him
  • Ugrasrava - Narrator of Mahabharata
  • Ulmuka - Son of Balarama; killed in Yadu war
  • Ushana - Brave king; lunar; ancestor of Krishna
  • Vaishampayan - Disciple of Vyasa
  • Vasudeva - Father of Krishna and Balarama; bro of Kunti
  • Vidura - Son of maid of Ambika; possibly incarnation of Yama; half-bro of Pandu
  • Virata - King that shelters Pandavas
  • Vishni - Descendant of Yadu, ancestor Krishna
  • Vyasa/Ved Vyas - Scribe of Vedas; son of sage
  • Yasoda - Foster mother of Krishna
  • Yudhisthir - Second son of Kunti, by Dharma
  • Yuyutsu - Son of Dhritarashtra and a maid

Ramayana

  • Agastya - Protector of Rama; rishi
  • Ahalya - Wife of sage; cheats on him, turned to stone
  • Aja - Son King Raghu; grandfather of Rama
  • Anasuya - Wife of Atri, helps Sita
  • Arayana - King; ancestor of Rama
  • Arundhati - Wife of Vasishtha
  • Bhagiratha - Great king, ancestor Rama
  • Bharata - Half-brother of Rama; husband Madavi
  • Dasharatha - Father Rama; King of Kaushala
  • Janaka - King of Mithila; father Sita
  • Kausayla - Rama’s mother
  • Keikeya - Youngest queen of Dasharatha, exiles Rama
  • Kevat - Boatman that helps Rama
  • Kusha/Kush - Son of Rama & Sita; brother Lava
  • Lakshmana/Laxman - Brother Rama
  • Lava - Son of Rama & Sita
  • Mandavi - Bharat’s wife; Janak’s daughter
  • Manthara - Servant of Kaikeya, convinces her to exile Rama
  • Nala-nil - Builds bridge for Rama
  • Rama - Hero; avatar of Vishnu
  • Shabiri - Devotee of Rama, offers him fruit
  • Shambuka - Man supposedly beheaded by Rama
  • Shatrughna - Rama’s brother
  • Shibi - famous lunar King; son of Usinara; story told in Mahabharata and Ramayana
  • Shringi Rishi - Saint; related to Rama’s birth
  • Sita - Wife of Rama
  • Sumitra - Wife Dasharatha, mother Laxman
  • Sunayana - Wife Janak; mother Sita
  • Trishanku - Heir of Rama; sage king of Ayodhya; desires heaven and becomes constellation
  • Tulsidas - Valmiki Ramayana; poet
  • Urmila - sister of Sita
  • Valmiki - Helps Sita
  • Vasistha/Vashisht/Vasishta - Head priest, or chief sage; narrates a Purana; cursed Nimi; trains Rama
  • Vishwamitra - Rishi, took Rama for killing demons

Other Avatara

  • Adimurti - Avatar of Vishnu
  • Hari - Vishnu Avatar
  • Kalki - Vishnu avatar, final, rides white pegasus; 8 superhuman attributes; son of Awejsirdenee & Bishenjun; similar to Buddhist Maitreya; carries flaming sword; born in village of Shambal; son of Vishnuyasha (a Brahmin)
  • Kirat - avatar of Shiva
  • Parashurama - Avatar of Vishnu; Rama with axe
  • Vamana - Vishnu avatar, dwarf

Misc

  • Agrasena - Legendary King of Agroha
  • Amshuman - Solar prince; heir of Raghuvamsa dynasty
  • Asamanja - Wicked boy that becomes a king, son of King Sagara
  • Asvala - priest of Janaka
  • Asvapati Kaikeya - King of Kekayas; instructs Brahmins about the self
  • Atharvan - Rishi; sorcerer?
  • Atiki - wife of Usasti
  • Bahu - King of Solars
  • Baka Dalbhya - Brahmin that constrains Indra
  • Barata - Emperor
  • Bharadwaja/Bharadvaja - rishi; achieves moksha; son of Brihaspati
  • Bhrigu - rishi that loses his beard for reviling Shiva; curses Indra and Agni
  • Brihaspati - Celestial priest, incanter, father Kack
  • Chakshusha - Manu, son of Ripu by Vrihati
  • Chekitana - Raja of Kekayas
  • Chitrangada - Son of Shantanu, angered gandharva
  • Citra Gangayani - King that teaches philosophy
  • Dadhyanc Atharvna - seer that reveals location of honey to Asvins
  • Darvasas - sage
  • Devapi - Prince leper
  • Devyani - Daughter Sukracharya, married Yayati
  • Durvasa - Sage with short temper
  • Dushyanta - King; loves Shakuntola
  • Gadhi - prince; incarnation of Indra; father of Satyavati
  • Gargi Vacaknavi - learned woman
  • Goraknath - incarnation of Shiva; father of yogis
  • Harishchandra - King; just
  • Hemvati - Beautiful Brahmin woman
  • Hiranyanabha - prince of Kosala
  • Ikshvaku - King; founder Sun Dynasty
  • Jamadagni - father Parashurama; husband Renuka
  • Janasruti Pautrayana - rich and pious man (king?)
  • Jayadratha - King of Sindhu, son-in-law of Dritarastra
  • Kach - Son of Brihaspati; tried to learn immortality
  • Kalin - Hero in Rigveda
  • Kamatha - King of Kamboja
  • Kambhoja - Sage
  • Kannapa - Reincarnation Arjuna, hunter, follower of Shiva; lost an eye
  • Kapil - Sage whose wrath killed 60,000
  • Kartavirya - King killed by Parashurama
  • Kayadu - wife of Hiranyakshipu and mother of Prahlada
  • Kotavi - Woman birthed demon
  • Maitreyi - wife of Yajnavalkya; interested in theology
  • Mandhatri - King, tied to Indra
  • Marichi - rishi; father Kasyapa
  • Markandeya - Rishi, rescued from death by Siva
  • Nachiketa - Farmer helped by Brahman
  • Naciketas - son of Usan Vajasravas who gives him to Death
  • Nahusha - Son of Aya; conflict with Brahman
  • Naranath Branthan - Mad prophet; sorcerer?
  • Narishyanta - Son of Vaivasvatamanu
  • Padma - wife of Kalki
  • Patancala Kapya - his wife (or daughter?) is possessed
  • Prapaksha - Prince of Kamboja
  • Pravahana Jaivali - King of Pancala
  • Pulastya - rishi that gives Puranas; father of Agastya; father of rakshasas
  • Renuka - mother Parashurama; wife Jamadagni; her husband orders her son to kill her when she has impure thoughts about a gandharva; Parasurama gained boon that she be returned to life; in Cylanese she is a death goddess
  • Rukmangada - Devotee of Vishnu
  • Sagara - King
  • Sakuni - brother Gandhari
  • Satyavan - hermit's son; loved by Savitri; dies following Savitri towards hell, but she gets Yama to release him
  • Satyavrata - holy king at time of Matsya avatar; transfers fish to larger and larger bodies of water
  • Shakuntala - Raised by sage Kanva, wife of King Dushyant
  • Sharmistha - Daughter King Vrishparva; friend Devyani
  • Shatananda - High Priest of Mithila
  • Shravan Kumar - Son of blind parents
  • Sukanya - wife of Chyavana; accidentally blinds him; desired by Asvins
  • Sumanta - Charioteer of Dasharatha
  • Vena - Great king that becomes corrupt; slain by rishis; Nisida (black dwarf) springs from his thigh; Prithu (shining prince) comes from his right arm
  • Vichitravirya - Son of queen Satyavati, crowned as a child
  • Yayati - King, scholar; son Nahusha

Japanese

  • Arikura-no-baba - old woman with magic powers; her prayer stops volcano
  • Ariwara no Narihira - lover that courted all beautiful women
  • Baramon - monk from India; seeks Monju
  • Chitoku - monk/ying-yang diviner
  • Chokon - a monk; responsible for temple with 11-headed statue of Kannon at Kofukuji
  • Chusan - monk of Kofukuji; some believed him born from a stream
  • Doma - former student of Seimei’s
  • Domyo - monk having affair with Izumi Shikibu
  • Eijitsu - healer/monk
  • Eiko - monk in time of Empress Koken
  • Ein - big-nosed monk
  • En no Gyoja - wizard of the mountains
  • Fujiwara no Chikataka - seasoned warrior
  • Fujiwara no Norikuni - chamberlain
  • Fujiwara no Tamemori - cunning governor of Echizen
  • Gendayu - fierce hunter/murderer; becomes a monk
  • Giei - wandering monk
  • Goi - gentleman servant of the regent
  • Gyogi - beloved saint in time of Shomu; reincarnation of Monju
  • Hakamadare - professional robber; becomes bandit chief
  • Hakuga no Sammi - legendary musician
  • Haruto - dancer from Nara; sent back from death to teach his successor, Suetaka
  • Heichu - a great lover; tricked by his wife; possibly same as Taira no Sadafun, guard captain
  • Himiko - (real) shaman queen
  • Iwanaga-Hime - sister of Konohanano
  • Izumi Shikibu - lady poet
  • Jie of Yokawa - abbot
  • Jiju - lovely, witty young girl courted by Heichu
  • Jimmu Tenno/Kama-Yamato-Iware-Biko - first emperor; conqueror; demi-god; son of Tama-Yori-Bime; called Iwarebiko while living
  • Jinzen - a prelate
  • Jokan - holy monk on Mt. Hiei
  • Josu - monk at Toji; confronted with thunder turtle
  • Jozo - greatest flutist of the Emperor
  • Kaguya-hime - Princess Glory, name given to old couple for the child they find; really the Lady of Mt. Fuji
  • Kaishu - abbot of Gion temple; had affair with governor’s wife
  • Kamo no Tadayuki - ying-yang diviner
  • Kanaoka - painter for Emperor Uda
  • Kanetoshi - a governor of Chikuzen province
  • Kanken - a student of Kobo Daishi
  • Kaya no Yoshifuji - trader in coins that falls for a fox
  • Keitobo - mountain ascetic; selfish man that uses magic to overturn a boat that refuses him
  • Ki no Haseo - learned scholar
  • Kinsue - courtier that became chancellor; helped as a young man by Eijitsu
  • Kochujo - young women servant of Empress; dies of supernatural illness
  • Konohanano-Sakuya - princess-bride of Hononinigi (god-emperor)
  • Kotoda - servant of Lord Sadafusa
  • Kushinada - princess that marries Susanoo
  • Makoto - son of Emperor Saga; Minister of the Left; musician
  • Michinori - imperial guard of Emperor Yozei
  • Minamoto no Akisada - lieutenant that embarrasses Norikuni
  • Minamoto no Yorimasa - (real) hero that slays a monster, but kills self; also poet; receives sword Lion King from the emperor
  • Minamoto no Yorinobu - governor; friend of Chikataka
  • Minamoto no Yoritomo - (real) bro of Yoshitsune; first shogun of Kamakura shogunate
  • Minamoto no Yoshitomo - (real) head of Minamoto clan; father Yoshitsune, Yoritomo
  • Minamoto no Yoshitsune - (real) hero general (12th C AD); defeats his brothers; uses sword Shishi-O
  • Mochimitsu - musician attacked by pirates; pirates spare him because of his beautiful music
  • Morimichi - Middle Captain; good singer that used his song to open the doors to the reliquary
  • Mototsune - chancellor
  • Nakakane - governor of Omi
  • Nichizo - hermit in the mountains
  • Ninkai - peerless monk scholar from Nara
  • Ohyamatsumi - father of Konohanano; sea god?
  • Oi Mitsuto - wrestler in Kai; his (unnamed) sister is twice as strong as he is
  • Omoto - female servant of Yorikiyo; tricked by foxes; nearly loses her son
  • Onamuji - prince; descendant of Susanoo, marries Yakami; earth god
  • Ototachibanahime - lost wife of Takeru
  • Otsuki no Mochisuke - son of Budget director; murdered by magic
  • Raiko/Minamoto no Yorimitsu - legendary slayer of oni (also real person)
  • Rengejo - holy man
  • Rin’e - monk in Nara during time of Emperor Ichijo
  • Roben - monk that emperor Shomu places in charge of creating a golden Buddha statue
  • Saigyo - wandering monk-poet; built a man
  • Sakanoue no Haruzumi - veteran warrior; gives up arms after robbers trick him
  • Seimei - ying-yang diviner; saves a chamberlain from a genie; powerful wizard in many stories
  • Shuncho - holy man that tried to help prisoners find Buddha
  • Suetaka - successor to Haruto
  • Tadaakira - imperial policeman
  • Tadasada - son of Yoshifuji
  • Tadazane - a lord that wanted to become regent
  • Taira no Korenobu - temporary governor of Mutsu; earned favor of a god by restoring his shrine
  • Toshiyuki - poet that copies Lotus Sutra for others, but failed to purify himself; dies and those he failed want to torment him in hell
  • Toyotama/Otohime - princess of the sea
  • Tsunezumi no Yasunaga - servant of Prince Koretaka; tax collector
  • Urashima - fisherman
  • Yakami - princess
  • Yakuren - monk
  • Yamato Takeru/Ousu - prince that reclaims lost throne
  • Yamato - princess, aunt of Takeru
  • Yasumasa - famous warrior; former governor; spares Hakamadare
  • Yasumichi - a Major Counselor whose house is invested with foxes
  • Yasunori - son of Kamo no Tadayuki; has gift of seeing spirits
  • Yokyo - monk of high rank
  • Yorikiyo - officer of Bureau of Civil Affairs
  • Yoshihide - painter of Buddhas; loses his family in a fire
  • Yoshinage no Yasutane - imperial minister; descended from yin-yang mystics; a scholar; became monk and took name Jakushin
  • Yosho - immortal that hears Jokan chanting
  • Zenchin - holy monk with long nose
  • Zoga - renowned monk; rude to tarnish his reputation and avoid the court

Korean

  • Dangun/Dangun Wanggeom - Legendary founder of Korea (Gojoseon); son of Hwanung & Ungnyeo; became mountain god when he retired

Mongolian

  • Altan - incarnation of a god as a man; born as nobleman; married Tuvden; made Xar his general
  • Cagan - incarnation of a god as a man; white-faced
  • Tuvden - incarnation of a god as a woman
  • Xar - incarnation of a god as a man; black-faced
  • Zadangui - princess of Sambala; desired by Altan

Tibetan

  • Brugmo - wife of Gesar
  • Dongsum - young hunter that catches nine-headed ogre whose body becomes Ling
  • Gesar - hero of an epic; usurps throne of Ling by winning a horse race; son of Dzeden; shapeshifting powers, trickery
  • Gyaza - brother of Gesar; decapitated by Kurkar, but still lived as headless eagle
  • Hoza Gyalme - princess of Hos-Mo; wife of Shenrap
  • Joru - original name of Gesar; mischievous child; grows kind and beautiful as he lives in the wild
  • Kyang Go Karkar - horse of Gesar
  • Lingkar - Lord of Gya; wanted marry goddess Sikam Phrulmoche
  • Milarepa - Buddhist saint; learned black magic, weather control; converted by singing
  • Nyatri Tsenpo (probably real) - first king; descended from heaven; returned there later
  • Padmasambhava - sorcerer that helped subdue wild Tibet; Indian sage that spread Buddhism; had magician disciples; visits the boy Joru and renamed him Gesar
  • Phyvau - hero that foretold gods winning war with demons; perhaps not a mortal?
  • Rudrachakrin - forthcoming last king of Shambala; during his reign a violent apocalypse will erupt; he will fight an evil leader that tries to conquer the world (some say in 2354 AD)
  • Sechan Dugmo - daughter of wealthy miser; prophecy says she will be wife of king; marries Gesar; later, while he’s gone, Kurkar forces her to marry him
  • Shenrap - legendary spreader of Bon
  • Shenza Nechung - daughter of Shenrap; fickle; seduced by demon Khyapa Laring
  • Singlen - old king of Ling; bro of Todong; leaves on a pilgrimage and leaves Todong in charge
  • Suchandra - first king of Shambala (spirit?)
  • Todong - wicked brother of the Queen of Ling (enemy of Dzeden)