Apsaras (Skt. ‘moving through water’) are female aerial divinities in Hindu and Buddhist mythology. For Hindus, they are dancers at the court of Indra, the king of the gods; they are also viewed as the companions of celestial musicians whose task it is to entertain the gods.
In Buddhist mythology, apsaras are mortal beings and thus — like humans and animals — are subject to the eternal cycle of. As nature spirits, they inhabit the clouds and bodies of water. In Buddhist art, they are typically depicted as dancers or flying musicians.