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In Buddhist mythology, Apalala is a water-dwelling dragon God who lived near the Swat River. He was converted to Buddhism by the Buddha;[1] this is one of the most popular legends in Buddhist lore and art.[2][3] The tale is often told to children of Buddhist parents for them to learn their happiness lies in the Buddhist faith.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Rose, Carol M. (2001). Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. p. 22. ISBN 0-393-32211-4. 
  2. ^ Hastings, James (1922). Encyclopædia of Religion and Ethics. Charles Scribner's & Sons. p. 127. 
  3. ^ Matthews, John O. (2005). The Element Encyclopedia of Magical Creatures: The Ultimate A-Z of Fantastic Beings From Myth and Magic (The Element Encyclopedia). New York: Sterling. p. 32. ISBN 1-4027-3543-X.