nagual

noun na·gual \nəˈ(g)wäl\
variants: less commonly

nahual

\nəˈ(h)wäl\

Definition of nagual

plural

naguals

\-älz\ or

naguales

\-äˌlās\ also

nahuals

  1. 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. 2 :  a sorcerer believed by various Middle American Indians to be capable of transforming himself into animal form

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Origin and Etymology of nagual

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


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