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Tengu (天狗?, "heavenly dogs") are a class of supernatural creatures found in Japanese folklore, art, theater, and literature. They are one of the best known yōkai (monster-spirits) and are sometimes worshipped as Shinto kami (revered spirits or gods). Although they take their name from a dog-like Chinese demon (Tiangou), the tengu were originally thought to take the forms of birds of prey, and they are traditionally depicted with both human and avian characteristics. The earliest tengu were pictured with beaks, but this feature has often been humanized as an unnaturally long nose, which today is practically the tengu's defining characteristic in the popular imagination.

Buddhism long held that the tengu were disruptive demons and harbingers of war. Their image gradually softened, however, into one of protective, if still dangerous, spirits of the mountains and forests. Tengu are associated with the ascetic practice known as Shugendō, and they are usually depicted in the distinctive garb of its followers, the yamabushi.

Relationships

They have good relationship with Kitaro, sometimes due to Nurarihyon they mistook him for being the one who took the picture of Hell to the human world.

List of Tengu

Dai-Tengu

Main article: Dai-Tengu

Tengu Police

Main article: Tengu Police

Karasu-Tengu

Main article: Karasu-Tengu

Magical Tengu

Taimatsumaru

Main article: Taimatsumaru

Suiryūmaru

Main article: Suiryūmaru

Tengu-Kugutsu

Main article: Tengu-Kugutsu

Amefuri-Tengu

Main article: Amefuri-Tengu

Chinese Tengu

Main article: Tiangou

Kaze-no-Matasaburō

Main article: Kaze-no-Matasaburō

Menko-Tengu

Main article: Menko-Tengu

Yama-Tengu

Main article: Yama-Tengu

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