Asian goblin or demon who acts as a vampire, poltergeist, and trickster.
   Descriptions of the tengu date to the eighth century. The demon appears in the shape of a man with wings and long, sharp nails on his hands and toes. His nose is either a crow’s beak or red and round, and its size indicates the demon’s strength. Sometimes, he carries a fan or a stick. The tengu is especially known for kidnaping people in remote, mountainous areas. He is fond of stealing children. Possession by a tengu is not necessarily diabolical. The possessed acquire supernormal skills and knowledge during their occupation by the spirit.

Encyclopedia of Demons and Demonology. . 2009.

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