A dragon-like monster that can be found sculpted over the gateways of Javanese and Balinese and Thai temples and shrines. The monster's bulging eyes and numerous teeth frighten away the evil spirits. The Makara is sometimes described as a "fish-elephant." See also Makara, the mount of the Hindu goddess Gaṅgā.



  • Knappert, Jan. (1992). Pacific Mythology. London: The Aquarian Press.