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Asura (Skt.), power-seeking and power-hungry being, not unlike a Titan, often, but somewhat misleadingly translated as ‘demon’; or, anārya (non-Āryan) people of ancient India. The derivation of asura is uncertain.

Asuras are not necessarily evil, nor are devas necessarily good. They are consubstantial, distinguished only by their mutual opposition, which is not conceived as an absolute ethical dualism.