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[nah-gwahl, -wahl] /nɑˈgwɑl, -ˈwɑl/
a guardian spirit among Mexican and Central American Indians, believed to reside in an animal.
Origin of nagual
< Mexican Spanish nagual, nahual < Nahuatl nāhualli
Related forms
nagualism, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • That is, assigned the form of the nagual belonging to the sick man.

    Nagualism Daniel G. Brinton
  • nagual is the name by which the sorcerers of Mexico, Indians and aborigines of America, are still designated.

    From the Caves and Jungles of Hindostan Helena Pretrovna Blavatsky
  • After various ceremonies, the child he was teaching was told to advance and embrace the nagual.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel
  • It is not impossible that tona is itself a compound root, including the monosyllabic radical na, which is at the basis of nagual.

    Nagualism Daniel G. Brinton
  • For a nagual, as I have shown, is one thing and a totem is another; nor am I aware that Zulus are totemists.

    Modern Mythology Andrew Lang
  • From this occurrence it will easily be gathered that it is highly dangerous to kill a tamaniu, nagual, or manitou.

    Human Animals Frank Hamel

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