na·​gual | \ nəˈ(g)wäl \
variants: or less commonly nahual \ nəˈ(h)wäl \
plural naguals\ -​älz \ or naguales\ -​äˌlās \ also nahuals

Definition of nagual

1a : a personal guardian spirit or protective alter ego assumed by various Middle American Indians to reside in an animal or less frequently in some other embodiment — compare huaca
b : the animal double or guardian itself
2 : a sorcerer believed by various Middle American Indians to be capable of transforming himself into animal form

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History and Etymology for nagual

Spanish, from Nahuatl nahualli, naualli, from nahua to dance with tied hands

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“Nagual.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 24 January 2020.

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