Shahkamana

Shahkamana (also Shahkam or Shahkaman) is the snake-tailed king of the Nagas and he appears both in Nagaism and Thalathanism. He holds power over growth, rain, fertility and forests. He was originally an ancient village god related to fertility and rice growing in the Batu-log religion. Shahkamana was later assimilated into Thalathanism, and became the god related to the souls of the drowned and of oceans, in additions to his other domains. He is the most prominent naga in Thalathanism. There are also a number of temples dedicated to him on the islands of Kifaru and Yuda.

The god Shahkamana is described as being of red colour, and is depicted as a four-armed being that appears as a giant serpent from the waist down. He has four arms and carries a spear, a frog, a mango leaf, and a goad. Shahkamana is the consort of Amarachi, the fierce warrior aspect of Bumathi. Shahkamana is the father to the god Badiyah, and demi-godddess Trishna and Vishalya.

Shahkamana is especially worshipped by traders and merchants that went out of Achariya and the Pahanari Lands. Statues and shrines dedicated to Shahkamana are found throughout the Langanese Archipelago. Other forms of Shahkamana are found in Thalathanist art on the Nau Islands, Panau, and Maganda. Usual offerings for Shahkamana's blessings are eggs.

Shahkamana in Thalathanism

The worship of Shahkamana is unheard of in Achariya and the Pahanari Lands. Snakes are not considered auspicious symbols in the lands of the far west. But serpent-gods have always been very popular in Suwarnabumi, especially in Nagaism. It is believed that such deities were introduced into Thalathanism to convert followers from Nagaism.

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