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naga

naga

[nah-gah]

In Hindu and Buddhist mythology, a semidivine being, half human and half serpent. Nagas can assume either wholly human or wholly serpentine form. They live in an underground kingdom filled with beautiful palaces that are adorned with gems. Brahma is said to have relegated the nagas to the nether regions and to have commanded them to bite only the truly evil or those destined to die prematurely. Nagas are also associated with waters—rivers, lakes, seas, and wells—and are regarded as guardians of treasure. In Buddhism it is believed that the snake king sheltered the Buddha from rain for seven days while he was meditating.

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Nāga (Indonesian: naga or nogo; Khmer: neak) is the Sanskrit word for snake or dragon. In Hindu-Buddhist belief, naga are celestial dragons often able to take human form. They are usually limbless but those with legs resemble the Chinese dragon. Some naga are hooded like cobras and higher ranking ones may have up to nine heads. Even-headed naga symbolise female energy and odd-headed ones are male. The spread of Hinduism and Buddhism took the naga legend throughout South and Southeast Asia. Naga may also refer to:

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