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mahorāga (T. lto 'phye chen po; C. mohouluojia 摩睺羅迦). Literally “large serpent.” A nonhuman being that takes the form of a large serpent, sometimes with a human torso and head. They make up a class of subterranean geomantic spirits whose movement through the seasons and months of the year is deemed significant for construction projects.[1]

They are one of the eight classes of non-human beings (aṣṭasenā) that attended the Buddha's teaching, according to some sutras.[2]


  1. Internet-icon.svg lto 'phye chen po, Christian-Steinert Dictionary
  2. Robert E. Buswell Jr., Donald S. Lopez Jr., The Princeton Dictionary of Buddhism (Princeton: 2014), s.v. mahorāga