The Nagas may occasionally assume human form, but they do not belong to the human world. Theirs in Nagaloka, wherever that mysterious realm of snakes may be located. They are decidedly unhuman ( a-manusha). In the legends they usually exhibit a bewildering blending of human and serpentine properties, they may even act entirely as human creatures, yet there can be no doubt that their real nature and form are those of the serpent.
- Indian serpent lore of the Nagas in the Hindu legend and Art.