84000 Glossary of Terms

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མིའམ་ཅི། | Glossary of Terms

  • མི་ཅི།

  • མི་མ་ཡིན་པ།
  • མི་མིན།
  • མི་འམ་ཅི།
  • མིའ་ཨམ་ཅི།
  • མིའམ་ཅི།
  • mi’am ci
  • mi ’am ci
  • mi ci
  • mi’ am ci
  • mi ma yin pa
  • mi min
  • kinnara
  • kiṃnara
  • kīnnara
  • kiṁnara
  • Term
Publications: 87

A class of nonhuman beings that resemble humans to the degree that their very name‍—which means “is that human?”‍—suggests some confusion as to their divine status. Kinnaras are mythological beings found in both Buddhist and Brahmanical literature, where they are portrayed as creatures half human, half animal. They are also usually depicted as highly skilled celestial musicians.