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In Hinduism, the Daityas (Sanskrit: दैत्य) are a clan or race of Asura as are the Danavas. They were the children of Diti and sage Kashyapa. They fought against the Devas because of their jealousy towards their half-brothers. Manu Smriti (XII - 48) classifies the Daityas as good, yet placing them at a lower level than the Devas: "Hermits, ascetics, Brahmanas, the crowds of the Vaimanika deities, the lunar mansions, and the Daityas (form) the first (and lowest rank of the) existences caused by Goodness."

List of daityas[edit]

Some of the notable daityas mentioned in the Indian mythology include:

See also[edit]


  • Dictionary of Hindu Lore and Legend (ISBN 0-500-51088-1) by Anna Dallapiccola

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