Ancient Wisdom: the Naga
I was watching a Canadian show called Lost Girl. It show a man named Lachlan is the Leader of the Light Fae. He is a Naga then I ask myself a good question. What the hell is naga? So I researched it and found what is naga?
Nagas are a race of semidivine serpent creatures in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. Female Nagas are called Nagis or Naginis. Usually depicted as human above the waist and snake below the waist, Nagas can also change shape to appear fully human or snake. Nagas and Nagis are known for their strength, supernatural wisdom, and good looks. When Nagis take human form, they can marry mortal men, and some Indian dynasties claim descent from them.
According to legend, Nagas are children of Kadru, the granddaughter of the god Brahma, and her husband, Kasyapa. Nagas lived on earth at first, but their numbers became so great that Brahma sent them to live under the sea. They reside in magnificent jeweled palaces and rule as kings live in underwater cities, where races of enslaved fish-people serve the Naga. whose prowess in sorcery is surpassed only by the gods themselves. naga living high atop mountains and deep in caverns and in the underground realm called Patala.
Like humans, Nagas show wisdom and concern for others but also cowardice and injustice. Nagas are immortal and very dangerous. Some are demons; others seem friendly and are worshiped as gods. Nagas also serve as protectors and guardians of treasure—both material riches and spiritual wealth.
The great nemesis of the Nagas is the gigantic eagle-king Garuda. Garuda and the Nagas began life as cousins. The sage Kasyapa had two wives, Kadru and Vinata. Kadru desired many offspring, and Vinata of whom desired few but powerful offspring. They got wish. Kadru laid 1000 eggs which hatched into snakes, and Vinata laid two, which hatched into the charioteer of Surya the sun god and Garuda. Through a foolish bet, Vinata became enslaved to her sister, and as a result Vinata's son Garuda was required to do the bidding of the snakes. Though obedient, he annoyed and built up a grudge that he would never relinquish. When he asked the snakes what he would have to do in order to be released from his bondage, they told him he would have to bring them amrita, the elixir of immortality. Garuda stole the elixir from the gods. It was stole back back the God Indra. He failed to bring it to the serpents in fulfillment of their requirement, thus prevented them from partaking of it and achieving full godhood. From that point onward, he regarded them as enemies and as food.
Nagas can bestow various types of wealth, assure fertility of crops and the environment as well as decline these blessings.Because of its shape and its association with renewal, the serpent is a phallic symbol. This powerful emblem of fertility is thought to bring plentiful harvests and many children -- images of nagas adorn houses and shrines and temples.