nagual

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

Definition of nagual

plural naguals \-älz\ or naguales \-äˌlās\ also nahuals
1 a :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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Origin and Etymology of nagual

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


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