A 10-volume manga series by CLAMP
, notable for being their debut work, and named after the ancient Hindu hymn collection the Rigveda
(specifically, the Buddhist version of the same, developed at a time when Buddhism and Hinduism were in conflict. Naturally, gods became demons and vice versa). The series borrows elements of Hindu and Buddhist mythology for its setting and characters.
300 years ago, the general Taishakuten rebelled against the Heavenly Emperor, killing both him and the guardian god Ashura-ou and installing himself as the king. The Ashura clan was thought to be destroyed until the god Yasha-ou found the remaining child sealed in a forest and began to gather the Six Stars, a group of individuals said to be the prophesied bringers of a celestial revolution.
Included one non-serial OVA
. Several characters from RG Veda
have made appearance in other CLAMP works, mostly in Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle
as alternate universe counterparts.
Note: Ashura is technically without a physical sex
, but will be referred to by male pronouns in this article for simplicity's sake.
RG Veda contains examples of: