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The NaginisQuite briefly, they are the serpent-people of India. The male are known as Nagas while the female are called Naginis. They resemble humans from the waist up, and snakes from the waist down. Sometimes they have multiple heads and vary in colour. Also, at times Nagas are depicted as limbless and having a cobra-like frill.

The four classes of Naga are as follows: Heavenly; Divine; Earthly and Hidden. All Nagas / Naginis are characterised by their various functions (guarding the heavenly palace; giving rainfall; draining rivers or guarding rivers - respectively). It is said that they will eventually destroy the world with fire.

In Burma, Nagas are part serpent, part dragon and part crocodile. They give rubies to those they favor and protect many royal people. In Indonesia, Thailand, and Malaysia, however, Nagas are giant black Water-Snakes or multiheaded Sea-Dragons that terrorize fishermen. Their images are often used as temple guardians.

The name has been applied to the Indian cobra, Naja naja.

See also Lamia


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Anonymous Nagas and Nagins 0 Oct 19 2011, 8:31 PM EDT by Anonymous
 
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The Nagin are prayed to for fertility. The Naag Mani mentioned above can be likened to a philosopher's stone as it is thought to be a key to immortality
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Anonymous I believe. 2 Mar 4 2011, 2:50 PM EST by Anonymous
 
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If these beautiful creatures exist, I do not think they would want the world to know about it. If you were a serpent, I do not believe you would like people to know what you were. Humans, naturally, destroy things they do not understand. So, if they are able to hide, or change forms, I believe they would do so.
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Anonymous nagas and nagins 0 Jul 22 2010, 1:08 PM EDT by Anonymous
 
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Actually ancient indian texts such as the Mahabharata describes some nagas as having both human and serpent features, some are described as changing from human to serpent form and some are described as being predominately serpentine in appearance with some having several heads. some ancient sculptures in India do depict nagas as being half snake half human although most ancient artistic expressions of the mythological creatures do depict the multiple headed serpent form.
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