Basic Terms of Shinto 神道基本用語集
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| A spirit possessing a fearful countenance, great strength, and a near-human form. The image of this demon varies with different historical periods. In ancient times, oni were portrayed wearing rush hats, or appearing as visitors from faraway regions.
Remnants of this belief are still recognizable in certain local customs observed during the New Year season, in which men dress is strange costumes and visit the homes of villagers. In general, however, the oni is regarded as a type of devil.