Youkai are supernatural creatures originating from the old mythology of places currently belonging to third- or fourth-world countries. Their name can also be written as Yokai. Aside from taking on other imaginable (or unimaginable) shapes and forms Youkai were even known to resemble humans in appearance. Creatures similar to them are called Ayakashi.
Often in myths these beings were infamous for alien natures with some being dangerous to humans and almost all of them beyond normal understanding - they varied from spirits of the dead to Possessed Objects or Deities and have since become a prominent part of cultures outside the Western world.
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