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Akuryō (悪霊, also akurei) basically means "evil spirit" in Japanese, and while its meaning vary between religions, in the Ghost Sweeper Mikami series it is used for evil yūrei.

Christian religionEdit

In the Bible, Jesus Christ is able to cast out Akuryō, and is said that his disciples can also drive Akuryō away if their faith is strong. (Matthew 17) In this case, Akuryō is usually translated as "demon" in other languages.

In Ancient Near Eastern religions as well as in the Abrahamic traditions, including ancient and medieval Christian demonology, a demon is considered an unclean spirit, sometimes a fallen angel, the spirit of a deceased human, or a spirit of unknown type which may cause demonic possession, calling for an exorcism. In Western occultism and Renaissance magic, which grew out of an amalgamation of Greco-Roman magic, Jewish demonology, and Christian tradition, a demon is a spiritual entity that may be conjured and controlled.

Comparative religionEdit

In other religions, Akuryō is also used for haunting, evil spirits of the dead. They are generally considered the cause of calamities such as illness, misfortune, and curses.

While this also falls on the concept of a devil or evil god (opposed to a good God), there are times that Akuryō is translated to "evil spirit" in English, and similarly, "böser Geist" in German.

For example, shamanism, exorcisms, demon expelling, purification ceremonies like misogi and harae, and others can be seen around the world.

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