We all know DEATH from Terry Pratchett. He is very old, as he has been part of western civilization since, well, forever.
However, things are done differently in other parts of the world. Meet the Japanese Anthropomorphic Personification of DEATH.
Here name is Botan, and she is quite different from the way things are seen in the west. Like in the west, she conveys folks across the river to the afterlife, and the thing she is riding is an oar.
I think she is kind of cute. But I am not anxious to meet up with her.
It would be a mistake to think that they weren't also dangerous, just because reading them didn't make fireworks go off in the sky. Reading them sometimes did the more dangerous trick of making fireworks go off in the privacy of the reader's brain.