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Danava (Hinduism)

In Hindu mythology the Danavas ( Sanskrit: दानव) were a race descending from Daksha.

The Danavas were the sons of Danu ( Dewi Danu in Balinese Hinduism), who in turn was a daughter of Daksha, and Danu's husband Rishi Kashyapa. Danu is connected with the waters of heavens and she is probably associated with the formless, primordial waters that existed prior to the creation. The name is connected with the PIE root *danu, "river" or "any flowing liquid" and is associated with the Danu (Asura). Historically, the most prominent Danavas were Vritra, Namuci, Maya, Rahu, and Ketu, the first three of whom are mentioned in the Rig Veda as enemies of the Devas, while the last 2 are worshiped today. Under the leadership of Bali and others the Danavas revolted against the Devatas (Devas). Despite initial successes, the Danava were defeated by the god Vamana who in dwarf form deceived their leader Bali. The Danavas were not universally considered to be evil, individual Danava could be classified as good or bad.


Danava (pronounced DON-UH-VUH) is an American hard rock band from Portland, Oregon. Its music fits into the categories of heavy metal, progressive rock and psychedelic rock. Danava is influenced by early hard rock, progressive rock and heavy metal.

Danava (album)

Danava is the debut album released by psychedelic rock band Danava. It was released on October 31, 2006 by Kemado Records on CD and LP.