Why NAGAS? The Meaning of Nagas


The NAGAS Icon with a serpent or dragon body coming out of a lotus with a Lion’s head is derived from the Nubian God/Goddess of War or defense and protection called Apedemak as depicted on a pylon relief of the Lion temple in Naga located in the Meroic kingdom of Kush in Nubia. In its general contours it bears a strong likeness to a uraeus shown against a neutral background. Throughout Africa serpents and scepters are bound up with each other. Serpents were usually placed along ritual scepters. In ancient cosmologies all over the world the Serpent has long been a symbol of renewal, and the cycle of death and rebirth. Some cultures have noted that, because the serpent has lidless eyes, it is the only creature that can look directly at the Sun without blinking. The Lion and the Serpent also represent the unity or androgyny of male and female.

“The ancient Indians belonged to the Kushite African race, still numerous in a wide area of the globe, spread from India in the East to Senegal in the West. Of this group of ancient Blacks, the Naga People were and still are the largest subgroup of the Kushitic speaking branch of the Black African race. In fact, the Nagas still retain the title “Naga” in various forms throughout Africa and South Asia even today.

There are many examples of the term “Naga” still being used to describe various groups in Africa and Asia, who are all of the Kushitic branch of the Black African race. For example, the Blacks of West Africa were called “Nugarmar-ta.” “Nagomina” is the name of a tribe from West Africa, who were part of a series of great civilizations which existed in the region before 1000 B.C. The “Naga,” are another group of people related to India’s Naga people, who live in various parts of East Africa and in the nation of Sudan, the original homeland of all Naga and other Kushitic Black peoples. The word “Nahas” is another word for “Nubian.” Names of tribes and nationalities such as “Nuer,” “Nuba,” “Nubian” are all related to the Naga tribes of India and South Asia. Long before the barbarians infiltrated India, the Blacks (Naga, Negrito, Negroid and all those belonging to the Negroid-Australoid Black race, as well as pure Negritic racial types ruled India as well as a substantial portion of Asia from Arabia to China and the South Pacific, as well as the Indian Ocean region” Runoko Rashidi. http://www.shahamaasi.com

There is a close association with the Lion temple at Naga with the culture and cosmology of the Indian/Asian subcontinent. The three headed Lion appearing in the Lion Temple in Nubia is also the national symbol of India. Also there are similarities between the Lion headed serpent or dragon arising out of the lotus with the Lion headed sea serpent called the Merlion, the symbol of Singapore and also the Lion headed dragon of Vietnam. The priest class of the mother goddess in ancient Africa and Asia were called the Nagas

Naga is the origin of the word Nega, Negusa, Nagast, Niger, or NGR, Negro, meaning King, Lord, Glory, Black and God respectively.

The spiral A’s in the NAGAS name logo represent the mother goddess as seen in all world symbology and semiotics. It is the most common symbol that appears on the Ikom monoliths in Igbo land Nigeria and ancient African cosmology.

The Lotus plant is known to be associated with rebirth. This is a consequence of it supposedly retracting into the water at the night, and emerging a fresh in the Sun the next. The Egyptians therefore associated the lotus flower with the sun which also disappeared in the night, only to re- emerge in the morning. Therefore the lotus came to symbolize the Sun and the creation. In many hieroglyphics works the lotus is depicted as emerging from Nun (the primordial water) bearing the Sun God. As something that is associated with rebirth, it is no surprise that the lotus flower is also associated with death, and the famous Egyptian book of the dead is known to include spellsthat are able to transform a person into a lotus, thus allowing for resurrection. The Naga is an ancient African symbol represents the son/sun of the goddess fearlessly arising/resurrecting from the primeval waters as a priest/king to defend, protect its realm.

lion headed nagas

From the Lion Temple of Naqa or Naga’a (Arabic: ‏النقعة an-Naqʿa)  a ruined ancient city of the Cushite Kingdom of Meroe in modern-day Sudan.