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Ganas are not gods. But they aren't exactly demons, either. They are

"categories" of supernatural beings who travel with Lord Shiva, and are

seen as causing delays, obstacles, and red tape. They come in a wide

variety of types. Gandharvas are celestial musicians with wings (all

male). Apsarases are sexy female temple dancers who distract Yogis with

erotic fantasies. Kinnaras are horse-headed musicians who scare

travellers. Pretas are ghosts who haunt the places near where they lived

as mortals. Vetalas are body-stealing vampires. Bhairavas are

animal-headed spirits who like to tease humans. Yakshas are nature

spirits who dwell in trees, or deep under the earth. Dakinis are warrior

women who travel with Kali. Nagas are serpent below the waist, human

above, and hide treasures deep in the earth.

 

There are lots more. If you are the sort who likes Western supernatural

beings, like mermaids, fairies, centaurs and werewolves, you will

probably enjoy reading about these Hindu equivalents, all of whom are

commanded by Ganesha (Gana + Isha means Lord of the Ganas).

 

-- Len/ Black Lotus

<Ganesha sharanam>

 

 

On Fri, 3 Sep 2004 06:05:26 -0700 (PDT) james richard

<nhraddude71 writes:

> Im a little confused. Is a Gana a god or a demon or can it be both?

>

 

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Thanks for the info. So i guess beings like

Hanuman and Vishnu would be Gods but all the lesser supernatural beings are

Ganas? Do I get it now?

I have heard the word Preta used in Tibetan Buddhism to describe the hell bound

known as the hungry ghost with the small mouth and throught but large stomach

and appetite

so he can never satisfie his hunger and eating causes great pain. A lot of the

Ganas you describe remind me of Mara the being that tried to disrupt the

meditation of Sidhartha. Thanks again for the info.

Jimkalipadma (AT) juno (DOT) com wrote:

Ganas are not gods. But they aren't exactly demons, either. They

are"categories" of supernatural beings who travel with Lord Shiva, and areseen

as causing delays, obstacles, and red tape. They come in a widevariety of

types. Gandharvas are celestial musicians with wings (allmale). Apsarases are

sexy female temple dancers who distract Yogis witherotic fantasies. Kinnaras

are horse-headed musicians who scaretravellers. Pretas are ghosts who haunt

the places near where they livedas mortals. Vetalas are body-stealing

vampires. Bhairavas areanimal-headed spirits who like to tease humans.

Yakshas are naturespirits who dwell in trees, or deep under the earth. Dakinis

are warriorwomen who travel with Kali. Nagas are serpent below the waist,

humanabove, and hide treasures

deep in the earth.There are lots more. If you are the sort who likes Western

supernaturalbeings, like mermaids, fairies, centaurs and werewolves, you

willprobably enjoy reading about these Hindu equivalents, all of whom

arecommanded by Ganesha (Gana + Isha means Lord of the Ganas). -- Len/ Black

Lotus<Ganesha sharanam>On Fri, 3 Sep 2004 06:05:26 -0700 (PDT) james

richard<nhraddude71 > writes:> Im a little confused. Is a Gana a god

or a demon or can it be both?>

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