Britain’s first Buddhist Lama apparently believes the Loch Ness Monster exists, and may actually be a “spiritual entity” called a Nāga.
A Nāga is a water deity that takes the form of a great snake, and can be found in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.
Lama Gelongmo Zangmo, who became Britain’s first female Lama in 2001, believes the Loch Ness Monster should be treated well, and in doing so it will “bring prosperity” to the region. She is currently working on a project to construct a spiritual center near the Loch in Drumnadrochit.
Other, more common explanations for Nessie are that it’s a still-surviving plesiosaur (my browser is telling me this should be spelled applesauce) or that it’s, you know, not real.
In other recent Nessie News, Jacobite Cruises claimed this week that they had discovered an unusual object on sonar in Loch Ness. The object was well below the surface near Urquhart Castle.
Doubts are cast on their story, however, as the image they released is apparently five years old, although they did release a second image after admitting the “blunder,” which you can see over here. Take all of that with a huge grain of salt.
More importantly, according to Metro, Jacobite Cruises is also [jokingly] campaigning “to give the legendary beast the right to ballot in the Scottish independence referendum.”
Seems like it’s never a boring day over at Loch Ness.