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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Secret of the Nagas


The naga snake or feminine Nagini are an ancient race of serpent men in this religion and mythology, Vedic and Hindu from the oral tradition dating back to the fifth millennium BC. The stories of Naga are still part of the folk tradition of many regions in India, Sri Lanka, Bali, Nepal, and Southeast Asia. Manasa is a naga goddess of fertility, worshiped in eastern India for protection from snake bites.


Shesha is not actually a representative of the naga, but an expansion of Vishnu takes the form of a huge naga with a thousand heads, who lives in the ocean blue and form the bed of the god; according to the Mahabharata, however, is the founder of the Nagas, the son of Kashyapa and Kadru. It is also known as Ananta without end or Adisesha Sesha the first.

Vasuki, Manasa's brother, is a naga deity protagonist in Itihasas, the churning of the sky, with which the gods obtained the Soma from the ocean of milk consented to the devas and asuras to use his body as a string, but is subject to serious efforts his breathing became alahala, the most terrible poison the universe, and threatened to destroy all life in the universe, including gods. Shiva, to save the cosmos, breath all the poison, but instead of swallowing it left him in His throat became blue hence his nickname Nilakanta, blue throated.

According to Hindu legends, are servants of Varuna , the Vedic god of storms, and are divided into Manasa, Mucalinda, Sesha, and Vasuki. The Nagas live in Patala , the seventh kingdom of the underworld, and are the descendants of Kashyapa and Kadru are sworn enemies of the garuda, a divine race of eagles. The word Naga comes from the Sanskrit, and nag still means snake in many languages ​​of India we can observe that nag or nak or nakh is a relative of the Semitic Nachash and perhaps of English snake .

They are also regarded as nature spirits, protectors of sources, wells and rivers; bring rain, and thus fertility, but also disasters such as floods and floods. According to some legends, they become dangerous when humans damage the environment or their lack of respect. Given their affinity for water, it is said that the entrances to their underground cities are hidden on the bottom of wells, deep lakes and rivers. The naga are also associated with sexuality and seduction. 

The naga guarding even the elixir of life and immortality; According to a legend, when the gods were handing out the life of creatures, the naga managed to steal a cup. The gods regained the cup, but in doing so they shed some of its content in the earth; the naga licked him from the ground, and so he cut off his tongue, which has since forked.

The name of the Indian city of Nagpur is derived from Nagapura, the legendary city of Naga you believe the legend of the naga may have originated from an ancient people. According to the sailors Malays, the naga have the appearance of dragons with many heads in Thailand and Java , are the gods of prosperity in Laos are huge water snakes.

In a legend of Cambodia, the Nagas were a race of reptiles who possessed a great kingdom in the region of ' Pacific Ocean their princess married the first king of Ancient Cambodia, giving rise to the cambodian people. For this reason, even today Cambodians consider themselves heirs of the naga. The seven-headed naga represented in Cambodian temples, such as Angkor Wat, represent the seven races of the company of the Nagas, who have a mythical or symbolic association with the seven colors of the rainbow. 

Moreover, the Naga Cambodians have symbolisms numerological for other numbers of their heads: odd numbers to represent the male energy, infinity, eternity, and immortality; numbers equal to femininity, physicality, mortality, temporality, and the Earth. 

Legends similar to those Cambodian be disseminated to the adivasis of South India and the Aborigines of Australia in these versions, the naga inhabited a vast continent in the Pacific Ocean now known as the lost continent of Mu, which then sank and whose remains now form the Indonesia and Australia. These naga have developed a highly advanced civilization underground and underwater and would possess superhuman powers.

In the North-East of India there is a people called Naga living in the Indian state Nagaland which takes its name from them and consider themselves to be the descendants of the mythological naga despite their belligerence and hostility to accept external religious influences, however, that by its nature does not do the work of proselytism, the Nagas have not renounced their tribal traditions. References to this tribe and their relationship with mythological creatures, however can be found even in the ancient Vedas.

Not being the various Naga tribes with their own writing, there are no historical sources direct to the nineteenth century, when the region was occupied by the Burma. The first external document citing the existence of the Nagas is the Mahabharata, a famous Indian epic, where they are mentioned, often ambiguously, both as belonging to eastern tribes, who as a demigod, which look like snakes with anthropomorphic characteristics.

Nagaland is a land of folklore passed down orally from generation to generation. Here, music is an integral part of everyday life; folk songs in praise of the progenitors and ancestors, the brave deeds of warriors and traditional heroes; poetic love songs written to capture the ancient stories of love since the tragic epilogue; gospel songs that touch the soul, or the reasons modern: everything invites the tourist to make you stop.

Each of the 16 original tribes and subtribes that populate this state of exotic beauty stands out from the others for the elaborate costumes, jewelry and pearls that adorn it. The current generation of Naga has ventured into the world of fashion, drawing on a large scale and manufacturing fabrics that reproduce the ancestral motifs wisely imbued with the charm of modern.

The Nagaland is favored by a salubrious climate throughout the year, making it visited at any time. If you are looking for a way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life, then you have found the right place, because here life moves to the rhythm of a scene in slow motion. For the more adventurous, Nagaland is an ideal place for trekking and jungle camping and offers unlimited possibilities for exploration within its lush subtropical forests and rainy, which is also home to a plethora of valuable medicinal plants.

The Naga, thanks to their joie the vivre, their dances and their songs are an integral part of all festivities. Most of the dances are interpreted with vigorous and sustained pace. Like the other inhabitants of the northeastern region, also the Nagas have their own heritage of folklore and legends about their origins and their evolution over the centuries. The Nagas are basically a tribal people, in which each tribe has its own system of self-government since ancient times.

A paradise for fashion designers and industry insiders, could be considered the Nagala affluent eastern fashion. The traditional ceremonial costumes of every tribe transmit itself an image of solemnity worthy of being admired as the lance and daos polychrome are decorated with dried sheep's wool, the headgear made of finely woven bamboo stalks and cross- orchid, and adorned with boar's teeth, hornbill feathers and bracelets of elephant tusk. 

In ancient times, every warrior had to earn the right to wear any of these garments valore performing feats of nature has been generous with Nagaland. The exquisite and picturesque landscapes, the sunrise and sunset vibrant color, flora and lush green. It is opposite a country of unimaginable beauty, tailor made for a breathtaking experience. Its population belongs to the Indo-Mongoloid, whose ancestors lived the abundant gifts of nature, with a markedly extraordinarily strong. The people here are warm and extremely hospitable! You can hear it in the air!

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