Skandha is a Sanskrit word with numerous meanings. It is typically translated as “aggregate,” “heap” or “multitude,” but it also means the upper part of the back, typically the shoulder. it can also mean “king,” “sage” or “teacher.” In Hinduism, it refers to chapters; for example, the Bhagavata Purana has 12 skandhas, or main chapters.

In Buddhism, skandhas are the five aggregated states of existence, although, the interpretation of these states varies depending on the specific school or tradition of Buddhism.

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