Naga (Skt. nāga; Tib. ཀླུ་, lu, Wyl. klu) — serpent spirits classified as one of the eight classes of gods and demons, or as animals or demi-gods. They live beneath the surface of the earth or in the water and are believed to be endowed with magical powers and wealth, as well as being responsible for certain types of illnesses (Wyl. klu’i nad) transmitted to humans. In Indian mythology they are preyed on by the garudas.
Virupaksha, the guardian king of the West, is the leader of the nagas.
Practices Related to the Nagas
- Lasel Chenmo: A Sang Offering to the Nāgas by Karma Chakmé
- The Practice for the Naga, Chogyal Namkhai Norbu (restricted). Shang Shung Edizioni (1996)
- Practices to Benefit Pretas, Nagas and Spirits, Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT)
- The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, Robert Beer. Shambhala (1999), page 70-73.
- Serpentine water spirits (Dorje & Coleman)
- Serpent deities