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Dictionary Definition

Naga n : Kamarupan languages spoken in northeastern India and western Burma

Extensive Definition

Naga or nāga can refer to:

Mythology

  • Nāga, a race of supernatural beings usually depicted with both snake and human attributes
    • In India, nāga are depicted as subterranean and as an opponent to the eagle-like Garuda
    • In Southeast Asian mythologies, the Nāga is revered as the original ancestor of the Cambodian people
    • In the Mahavamsa, Nāgas are reported as an aboriginal tribe living in Sri Lanka
  • The Akkorokamui, a gigantic fish-like or octopus-like monster from Ainu folklore

Demography

  • Naga people, an ethnic group living in Nagaland and Manipur state in the northeastern part of India
  • Naga (clan), a clan of Jats in India

Geography

Linguistics

  • In Sanskrit and many languages derived from it, Naga means snake
  • In Tamil and related languages, Naga specifically means Cobra, and in biology the genus name for cobras, Naja derives from this
  • In Sanskrit and Pali, Naga can also mean elephant
  • In Malay, Indonesian and Japanese, Naga means dragon

Games

  • Naga (Warcraft), a fictional race of reptilian sea-monsters mutated from elves in the Warcraft Universe
  • Naga, a species of monster from the Monster Rancher video games
  • Naga (Dungeons & Dragons), creatures including spirit nagas, dark nagas, aquatic nagas, and guardian nagas
  • Nagah, a race of wereserpents in Werewolf: The Apocalypse
  • Naga, a race of half human serpents in the game Guild wars
  • Naga, a combat mecha from the Heavy Gear line of games
  • Naga, a level 6 Tower creature from the Heroes of Might and Magic series of games
  • Naga, a common creature in early final fantasy games, appears as an odd-colored serpent with a womens head

Popular culture

  • Naga the Serpent, a character in the Slayers animated series
  • Naga (comics), a supervillain in the Marvel Universe and enemy of Sub-Mariner
  • Naga Sadow, a character from the Star Wars Expanded Universe

Other uses

Naga in Catalan: Naga
Naga in German: Naga
Naga in French: Naga
Naga in Lithuanian: Naga
Naga in Dutch: Naga
Naga in Polish: Naga
Naga in Slovak: Nágovia
Naga in Swedish: Naga
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