Let's see Difference between Daitya, Danavas, Asura and Rakshasa in this thread:

1. DAITYAS (दैत्य) :

Daityas are race of demons and Giants Living in Sutala (सुताल) one of the 14 lokas. 1/7
DAITYAS were greatly devoted to their deities followed Vedic rituals, undertook severe penance, and offered incredible offerings to Deties. Hiranyakashipu,
Sishupala, Virochana and Bali were some (renowned!) daityas.
Daityas often Raise a war against the Devas and Distrubed their religious ceremonies. They often winning and the gods had to ask divine dispensation to get back power.
The daityas cooperated with the gods in churning the ocean to obtain the nectar from it, but the gods did not wish to share it with them.

Daityas showed resistance to spiritual forces, That way they show the opposing force required to maintain natural equilibrium and harmony.
2. Danavas (दानव) :

Kashyapa is the forefather of Asuras Kashyapa's children born of Diti are called daityas. His children born of another wife Danu are Danavas. Collectively, Daityas and Danavas are called Asuras.

Asuras mean the one with "Asuri" quality.
3. RAkshasa means those who have protective or attachive qualities. The word is originated from Raksha. Usually, these people are high on Rajas and hence have more possibility of Asuri sampada (demonic quality).

They are a race, generally of demoniac character, but not always.
Bhīma's son Ghatotkaca and Rāvana's brother Vibhishana are ethnically rākšasas but have a divine disposition.

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