The Ascetic Naga Picture


A Naga, or Indian snake-god. These creatures are highly intelligent and increasingly rare, dying off from human destruction and the unfortunate force of their own habits.

You see, Naga are very spiritual entities. They spend days, weeks or even years in deep meditation, and are said to be amoung the most enlightened souls on Earth. But there's a little problem with this-they are still ultimately flesh-and-blood animals.

Being ascetics, or religious hermits, they will fast and go for ages without any food or water. However, Naga tend to become so involved in this practice that they will starve themselves to the point of death. But Naga never complain, beleiving that they have their found truest wisdom. You can't deny some of their logic... there are many secrets kept by this mysterious people that humans can't even comprehend.

Naga are genderless, and breed via asexual reproduction. Just like rabbits, they can reabsorb embryos during times of famine or otherwise unnacceptable sitiuations. Because ascetics aren't allowed to have children, the Naga's spirituality further threatens their survival as a species.

This factor is so dramatic that recent surveys prove the youngest living generation of Naga have now officially reached maturity. In fact, the youngest Naga known today was born a whole 300 years ago. In other words, the population of these magnificent creatures has completely ceased to rise, and is now on a steady nosedive towards extinction. But the cool, dignified Naga just insist on their practices and peacefully continue their downward spiral.

As for the subject of this picture itself, I'd place the individual at roughly 500 years old, the average lifespan for a Naga being about 2,500-3,000 years. There is a myriad of technical elements to this image, namely the hand gestures made by the eight respective hands. The first set; Gautama Buddha's "begger's bowl" or "medicine bowl" symbol; the second a Hindu holy sign or "mudva"; the third pair of hands, a traditional wester prayer gesture and the final set of hands form miscellanious protective gestures, "the Fig" and the Hawaiian welcoming sign, respecitvely.

This poor young creature stands at approximately 7 ft tall while balancing on its tail, and weighing a surprisingly meager 256 lbs, marking it as emaciated. Judging by the exposure of its bones, this Naga probably hasn't eaten in months. A little longer in this condition, and the Naga will be nothing but a memory in the desert sands.

Naga, at least in this form, are copyright to me. Of course, I can't literally own a mythological figure, but I can complain against anyone stealing my personal interpretation of it.
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