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ཀླུ། | Glossary of Terms

  • ཀླུ།

  • ནཱ་ག
  • klu
  • nA ga
  • nāga
  • bhujaga
  • Term
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A class of nonhuman beings who live in subterranean aquatic environments, where they guard wealth and sometimes also teachings. Nāgas are associated with serpents and have a snakelike appearance. In Buddhist art and in written accounts, they are regularly portrayed as half human and half snake, and they are also said to have the ability to change into human form. Some nāgas are Dharma protectors, but they can also bring retribution if they are disturbed. They may likewise fight one another, wage war, and destroy the lands of others by causing lightning, hail, and flooding.

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Definition in this text:

A class of semidivine beings that inhabit bodies of water and act as guardians of treasure.

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Definition in this text:

In India, this was the cobra deity, which in Tibet was equated with water spirits and in China with dragons, neither country having cobras.

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Definition in this text:

A semidivine class of beings who live in subterranean aquatic environments and are said to hoard wealth and esoteric teachings. They are associated with snakes and serpents, and are subordinate to Virūpākṣa, the Great King of the West.

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Definition in this text:

Nāgas are associated with springs, streams, rivers, and water in general, and among their many magical powers is the ability to produce rain.

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Definition in this text:

A mythical being usually depicted as having the top half of a human and the bottom half of a snake. However, the nāga has a myriad of associations within Buddhism and Indian traditions in general; the term may be associated with deities, snakes (more specifically cobras), elephants, subterranean spirits, water spirits, or ethnic groups of people from the Indian subcontinent. In Tibet they became specifically associated with water spirits (klu), and in China they came to be associated with dragons. Here the image of the nāga is the twenty-seventh of the eighty designs on the palms and soles of the Tathāgata.

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Definition in this text:

One of the lords of the ocean, appearing as a great, many headed, sea dragon.

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Definition in this text:

Nāgas are serpent-like animals who live (invisibly) in the human realm and have an ambivalent status, on occasion positive but also frequently harmful.

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Definition in this text:

A class of nonhuman serpentine beings. They can change their shape and are usually said to reside in water.

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Definition in this text:

A semidivine class of beings who live in subterranean aquatic environments and who are known to hoard wealth and esoteric teachings. They are associated with snakes and serpents.

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Definition in this text:

Snake-like mystical creatures with supernatural powers, which belong to the animal realm.

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Definition in this text:

A serpentine class of beings associated with intelligence and wealth.

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Definition in this text:

A supernatural being usually depicted as having the top half of a human and the bottom half of a snake. However, the nāga has a myriad of associations within Buddhism and Indian traditions in general; the term may be associated with deities, snakes (more specifically cobras), elephants, subterranean spirits, water spirits, or ethnic groups of people from the Indian subcontinent. In Tibet they became specifically associated with water spirits (klu), and in China they came to be associated with dragons ().

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Definition in this text:

A class of nonhuman beings, half-human and half-snake.

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Definition in this text:

Serpentine beings typically associated with waterways, springs, and the rains.

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