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oc·tad

(ok'tad),
1. Synonym(s): octavalent
2. An octavalent element or radical.
[L. octo, eight]

octad

the eight ascospores contained in a fungal ASCUS.
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One possible answer is a merging of the two octads: a general one, formed by the mainstream 'Brahmanic' series of Lokapalas, and a specifically Saiva one, formed by the Navasanas.
Pasupati, the deity that would make the series an octad, is missing as the result of a textual corruption.
(25) For instance, as noted by Zieseniss (1939:109-10), the Bhuvanakosa describes the octad of Lokapalas in terms that apparently identify them as manifestations of Siva himself.