The tengu are minor deities found in Japanese folklore and come in different types, and different colors. The Red Tengu are characterized by their long noses and mostly human appearance, but often cast bird-like shadows or sometimes even have wings.

They are mountain and forest goblins who are skilled warriors and mischief makers. They play tricks on priests, politicians, and samurai who are vain, arrogant , and misuse their power for personal gain. Often these same victims of the Tengu are reincarnated as Tengu themselves in their next life.


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