Paññāsikhara wrote:May wish to recall that in Indian Buddhism, the category of "asuras" was a disputed topic, as to whether or not they constituted a distinct "type" of existence or not, ie. 5 types or 6.
Note, too, the name "asura" is the opposite of "sura", which is a synonym for deva in many cases. In other words, some would consider them the same type, just of rather different personal disposition.
I'm really interested about this now. Who was doing the disputing and when and where? Do you think asuras should rightly get a category to themselves?
Anyone got any sutta references to human/asura interaction?
Thankyou very much everyone for your very informative responses. ^^
I'm not very good at right speech, although I try, so please guide and correct me if necessary so I don't make bad kamma for myself and cause others to be annoyed. (=