In Buddhism, there is the Mara that is concerned with death, the Mrtyu-mara. It is a demon that makes humans want to die, and it is said that upon being possessed by it, in a shock, one would suddenly want to commit suicide, so it is sometimes explained to be a "shinigami". Also, in the Yogacarabhumi-sastra, a writing on Yogacara, it was a demon that decided the time of people's deaths. The Yama, the king of the Underworld, as well as oni like the Ox-Head and Horse-Face are also considered a type of shinigami. In Shinto and Japanese mythology, Izanami gave humans death, so Izanami is sometimes seen as a shinigami. However, Izanami and Yama are also thought to be different from the death gods in western mythology. In the classical literature of the Edo period, shinigami that would possess humans are mentioned. Close to this, according to the essay of the Bakumatsu period titled "Hanko no Uragaki," there were the itsuki and that made people want to commit suicide through hanging, as well as things told through folk religion such as gaki-tsuki and shichinin misaki. Shinigami are also spoken about in folk religion after the war.
A Shinigami Story
Top definition. Shinigami literaly translated means: Death God , or God of Death. If a name is written in the Note, then the person of that name would die, and the responsible Shinigami would gain life. Rukia gave Ichigo Shinigami powers to fight the hollow FishboneD.
Shinigami as a Grim Reaper for Japan
Shinigami are Japanese death gods or death spirits. They are akin to the Grim Reaper in many ways, however these supernatural beings may be somewhat less frightening and they arrived later on the folklore scene. Shinigami have also transformed their unique role in Japanese culture over the centuries. Shinigami did not exist in traditional Japanese folklore and only came into being later on. Although Japanese myth has long been filled with different types of kami as spirits of nature, Shinigami only entered Japanese folklore around the 18th or 19th century. It was around that time when ideas from the West, in particular Christian ideas, began to interact and mix with the traditional Shinto , Buddhist , and Taoist beliefs. Shinto and Japanese mythology already had a goddess of death named Izanami, for example. And Buddhism had a demon called Mrtyu-mara who incited people to death as well. But once Eastern culture met Western culture and the notion of a Grim Reaper , a whole new death god appeared - the Shinigami.
Shinigami have been described as monsters, helpers, and creatures of darkness. Shinigami are used for tales and religions in Japanese culture. In Buddhism , there is the Mara that is concerned with death, the Mrtyu-mara. In Shinto and Japanese mythology , Izanami gave humans death, so Izanami is sometimes seen as a shinigami. However, Izanami and Yama are also thought to be different from the death gods in western mythology.