nāga

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Mucalinda nāga sheltering Buddha; Sandstone with traces of pigment and gold, Honolulu Academy of Arts

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From Sanskrit नाग (nāgá, serpent, snake).

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nāga (plural nāgas)

  1. (Indian mythology) A member of a class of semi-divine creatures, often taking the form of a very large snake and associated with water.
    • 1974, Lawrence Durrell, Monsieur, Faber & Faber 1992, p. 257:
      The five-coned towers form a quincunx, and their flanks are scooped into niches in each of which has been placed a smiling buddha shaded by a nine-headed naga like a big palm fan.

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