Demon Eloquence ［鬼弁婆羅門］ (n.d.) ( Kiben-baramon): A Brahman who lived in India during the second century, who is mentioned in The Record of the Western Regions by Hsüan-tsang. According to that work, Demon Eloquence was revered widely as a sage because of his eloquence, though this quality was bestowed by a demon he worshiped. He often conducted debates from behind a curtain, and no scholar could surpass or refute him. One day Ashvaghosha, who was well versed in the Buddhist teachings, confronted him in debate and argued him into silence. Ashvaghosha then lifted the curtain, revealing the demon.