Mythical Animals of Nepal

Nepal’s cultures and religions are greatly influenced by myths and mythical animals are important in all these myths. We explore mythical animals of Nepal and introduce them to the readers around the world through this web-page.

Dragon (Flying serpent)

The dragon is a mythical creature depicted as a large and powerful serpent with magical or spiritual qualities. Dragons are often held to have major spiritual significance in various religions and cultures around the world. In Nepal, they are, revered as representative of the primal forces of nature and the universe. They are associated with wisdom and longevity. They are commonly said to possess some form of magic or other supernormal power, and are often associated with wells, rain, and rivers.

Yeti (Snowman)

This animal may not be a myth. However, since there is no clear evidence of its presence, will study it as a mythical animal. The yeti has become a cultural icon, appearing in movies, books and video games. Mainly this is in the abominable snowman. The yeti is one of the characters in the Tintin comic ‘Tintin in Tibet’. The yeti in the story rescues Tintin’s friend, Chang from the remains of an air crash in Tibet.

Garuda (Human Eagle)

Garuda is a Buddhist guardian deity. Garuda was introduced to Japan from India via China along with the rest of the Buddhist pantheon. In those countries they call him “tengu”.

Further reading

  1. Dragon by Wikipedia
  2. Yeti by Wikipedia
  3. Garuda by Wikipedia
  4. Asian History – Penn State University – Chapter 8
  5. East Asian History
  6. Garuda Purana by Wikipedia
  7. Garuda Purana
  8. Hindu philosophy and religion

Kalen Castrence The content of this page is developed by Kalen Castrence, a Grade 5 student of Knoxdale Public School, Ottawa, Canada. The Nepali Language Class, to which Kalen is a student, is made possible due to collaborative efforts of Nepalese Canadian Association of Ottawa (www.nepalese.ca) and Ottawa Carleton District School Board (ocdsb.ca).

After our students research all the material and write their material with the best of their abilities, our teachers correct them and enhance the grammer and writing to make them presentable to all people around the world.