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A rakshasa is a demonic being from Hindu mythology. It is said that rakshasas were created from the breath of Brahma when he was asleep. As soon as they were created, they were so filled with bloodlust that they started eating Brahma himself. Brahma shouted "Rakshama!" (Sanskrit for "protect me!") and Vishnu came to his aid, banishing to Earth all rakshasas (thus named after Brahma's cry for help). In The Iron Druid Chronicles, rakshasas are among the demons who taught Laksha Kulasekaran much of her magic, and are described as exceedingly cruel, having "nothing delightful to share".

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