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Naga

The beast called Naga.

 

A naga is a legendary reptilian creature with the upper body of a human (most often an attractive woman) and the tail of a snake, from India and Hindu mythology. While according to legend, the snake tail only replaces the legs, most modern interpretations show the snake half incorrectly starting at the waist. In folklore traditions they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. Nages are usually depicted with a single pair of arms, but occasionally may have two or even three pairs of arms.

Nagas are sometimes called lamias, a sometimes similar vampiric creature from Greek mythology. Nagas should not be confused with "man-serpents", monsters with the body of a snake and the head of a man and are therefore armless; nagas always have arms.

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