Bhuta (Bhutas) in Sanskrit is the past participle of the verb-root bhu, meaning to be, or to become; hence bhutas literally means has beens - entities that have lived and passed on. Quoted from website: Bhuta Cologne Sanskrit Dictionary bhUta mf({A})n. become , been , gone , past (n. the past) actually happened , true , real (n. an actual occurrence , fact , matter of fact , reality) existing , present being or being like anything , consisting of , mixed or joined with (also to form adj. out of adv. , e.g. {ittham-} , {evam-} , {tathA-bh-}) ; purified obtained fit , proper often w.r. for {bhRta} m. a son , child L. ; a great devotee or ascetic (pl.) N. of an heretical sect (with Jainas , a class of the Vyantaras) N. of Siva L. ; of a priest of the gods of a son of Vasu-deva and Pauravi of a son-in-law of Daksha and father of numerous Rudras of a Yaksha ({A} f.) the 14th day of the dark half of the lunar month SkandaP. (L. also m.) N. of a woman (cf. above) that which is or exists , any living being (divine , human , animal , and even vegetable) , the world (in these senses also m.) a spirit (good or evil) , the ghost of a deceased person , a demon , imp , goblin (also m.) n element , one of the 5 elements (esp. a gross element = {mahA-bh-} q.v. but also a subtle element = {tan-mAtra} q.v. ; with Buddhists there are only 4 element) N. of the number five (cf. {mahA-bh-}