[nah-gwahl, -wahl]


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 formsna·gual·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nagual

Historical Examples of nagual

  • That is, assigned the form of the nagual belonging to the sick man.


    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.


    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