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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"power, authority, supernatural power," 1843, from Maori, "power, authority, supernatural power."


Etymology 1 n. 1 power, prestige; specifically, a form of supernatural energy in Polynesian religion that inheres in things or people. (from 19th c.) 2 (context gaming chiefly role-playing games English) magical power. 3 (alternative spelling of manna English) Etymology 2

n. (alt form mina English) (qualifier: ancient unit of weight or currency)


Māna (Sanskrit, Pali; Tibetan: nga rgyal) is a Buddhist term that is translated as "pride", "arrogance", or "conceit". It is defined as an inflated mind that makes whatever is suitable, such as wealth or learning, to be the foundation of pride. It creates the basis for disrespecting others and for the occurrence of suffering.

Māna is identified as:

  • One of the five poisons within the Mahayana Buddhist tradition.
  • One of the six root unwholesome mental factors within the Mahayana Abhidharma teachings
  • One of the fourteen unwholesome mental factors within the Theravada Abhidharma teachings
  • One of the ten fetters in the Theravada tradition
Mana (series)

The Mana series, known in Japan as , is a medieval-fantasy action role-playing game series from Square (now Square Enix), created by Koichi Ishii. The series began as a handheld side story to Square's flagship franchise Final Fantasy, though the Final Fantasy-inspired elements were subsequently dropped starting with the second installment, Secret of Mana, as the games became their own series. It has since grown to include games of various genres within the fictional world of Mana, with recurring stories involving a world tree, its associated holy sword, and the fight against forces that would steal their power. Several character designs, creatures, and musical themes reappear frequently.

Four games were released in the series between 1991 and 1999: the original Seiken Densetsu (1991)— Final Fantasy Adventure in North America and Mystic Quest in Europe—for the Game Boy, Secret of Mana (1993) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System, Seiken Densetsu 3 (1995) for the Super Famicom, and Legend of Mana for the PlayStation, though Seiken Densetsu 3 was not released outside Japan. A remake of the original game, Sword of Mana (2003), was published for the Game Boy Advance. All of the original games were action role-playing games, though they included a wide variety of gameplay mechanics, and the stories of the games were connected only thematically. In 2006 and 2007, four more games were released as part of the World of Mana subseries, an attempt by Square Enix to release games in a series over a variety of genres and consoles. These were Children of Mana (2006), an action-oriented dungeon crawler game for the Nintendo DS; Dawn of Mana (2006), a 3D action-adventure game for the PlayStation 2; Friends of Mana (2006), a Japan-only multiplayer role-playing game for mobile phones; and Heroes of Mana (2007), a real-time strategy game for the DS. Children was developed by Nex Entertainment and Heroes by Brownie Brown, founded by several developers of Legends, though Ishii oversaw development of all four games. Three more games have been released since the World of Mana subseries ended: Circle of Mana (2013), a Japan-only card battle game for the GREE mobile platform, Rise of Mana (2014), a Japan-only free-to-play action role-playing game for iOS, Android, and PlayStation Vita, and Adventures of Mana (2016), a 3D remake of Final Fantasy Adventure for the PlayStation Vita, iOS, and Android. In addition to the games, four manga series and one novelization have been released in the Mana franchise.

The Mana series reception has been very uneven, with early games rated higher by critics than more recent titles. Secret of Mana and Seiken Densetsu 3 have been regarded as some of the best 2D action role-playing games ever made, and their music has inspired several orchestral concerts, while the games from the World of Mana series have been rated considerably lower. As of March 2011, Mana series titles have sold over 6 million units.

Mana (musician)

Mana is a Japanese musician and fashion designer, best known for a role as leader and guitarist of the visual kei rock band Malice Mizer. His clothing label, Moi-même-Moitié, helped popularize Japan's Gothic Lolita fashion movement. Mana is currently working on his solo project Moi dix Mois.

Mana (disambiguation)

Mana is a Polynesian concept of power, often in a supernatural context.

Mana may also refer to:


Maňa is a village and municipality in the Nové Zámky District in the Nitra Region of south-west Slovakia.

Mana (New Zealand electorate)

Mana is a New Zealand parliamentary electorate north of Wellington. It is held by Kris Faafoi of the Labour Party since 2010.

Mana (Nemesea album)

Mana is the debut studio album by the Dutch gothic metal band Nemesea, released in 2004.

Mana (manhwa)

Mana is a completed supernatural manhwa series by Lee Vin. It is published in a South Korean magazine called Wink. It is not yet licensed, which makes the series a bit hard to find. The series follows Zion, a young woman who used to be taken advantage of by her friends due to her shy and timid nature.


Maná are a Mexican Pop band from Guadalajara, Jalisco. They are known as the U2 of Spanish rock. The group's current line-up consists of vocalist/guitarist Fher Olvera, drummer Alex "El Animal" González, guitarist Sergio Vallín, and bassist Juan Calleros. Maná has earned four Grammy Awards, eight Latin Grammy Awards, five MTV Video Music Awards Latin America, six Premios Juventud awards, nineteen Billboard Latin Music Awards and fifteen Premios Lo Nuestro awards. It is considered by many as the most influential and successful Latin American band of all time with over 40 million albums sold worldwide.

Maná has topped the all-time lists in much of Latin America and in their native Mexico, where they set landmarks in record sales and concert attendances. The band formed in 1986 and released its first album, Falta Amor, in 1990. In 1992, the group released ¿Dónde Jugarán Los Niños?, which sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, (over 700,000 copies in the US alone) becoming the best selling Spanish-language rock album of all time. After several lineup changes, the group released Cuando los Ángeles Lloran (1995), which is noted for its stylistic departure from the band's previous work. Maná followed with Sueños Líquidos (1997), Revolución de Amor (2002), and Amar es Combatir (2006), which continued the group's success. The band followed up with Drama y Luz in April 2011. Their most recent album is Cama Incendiada, which was released in early 2015.

The band's sound draws from pop rock, Latin pop, calypso, reggae and ska music genres. They initially received international commercial success in Australia and Spain and have since gained popularity and exposure in the US, Western Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

Mana (woreda)

Mana is one of the woredas in the Oromia Region of Ethiopia. Part of the Jimma Zone, Mana is bordered on the south by Seka Chekorsa, on the west by Gomma, on the north by Limmu Kosa, and on the east by Kersa. The administrative center of this woreda is Yebu.

The landscape of Mana includes mountains, high forests and plain divided by valleys. Mountains include Weshi and Bebella. Rivers include Aniso, Doha, Wanja, Yebu and Sogibo. A survey of the land in this woreda shows that 89.1% is arable or cultivable (86.1% was under annual crops), 2.7% pasture, 2.8% forest, and the remaining 5.4% is considered swampy, degraded or otherwise unusable. Khat is an important cash crop. Coffee is another important cash crop for this woreda; over 5,000 hectares are planted with this crop. On 28 September, 2006, the Walta Information Center reported that farmers in this woreda sold 99,850 quintals of washed and unwashed coffee beans, earning 27.3 million Birr.

Industry in the woreda includes 10 grain mills, 7 coffee hulling and 6 coffee pulping mills. There were 22 Farmers Associations with 20,434 members and 12 Farmers Service Cooperatives with 16,256 members. Mana has 8.5 kilometers of dry-weather and "a few" kilometers of all-weather road, for a minimum average road density of 17.7 kilometers per 1000 square kilometers, which is far less than the Zonal average of 70 per 1000 square kilometers. About 61% of the urban and 17% of the rural population has access to drinking water.

Maná (album)

Maná is the third overall album by the Latin American Mexican rock band currently known as Maná (formerly known as Sombrero Verde), and their first album published on the PolyGram label and performing as Maná. A new era began with the release of their self-titled debut album, which became an important part of a musical movement called “Rock en Tu Idioma” (Rock In Your Language). This helped open doors for music written in Spanish and proposed a novel alternative to a scene typically dominated by music in English. Despite achieving some success, this first recording as Maná did not satisfy the band and did not necessarily turn out so well due to the record company trying to change and adulterate the group's musical essence as well as its image. This is a recurring practice in the record industry. In spite of this, the band continued performing in alternative forums whenever Warner Music ( WEA Latina) showed interest in their work and music.

Mana (Anglo-Saxon)

The word Mana has occasionally been used to describe the concept of life force or charisma, in Anglo-Saxon culture.

Mana (patriarch)

Maʿna served briefly as bishop of Seleucia-Ctesiphon, grand metropolitan and primate of the Church of the East in 420. Like several other early bishops of Seleucia-Ctesiphon, he is included in the traditional list of patriarchs of the Church of the East.

Mana (Ivanjica)

Mana is a village in the municipality of Ivanjica, Serbia. According to the 2002 census, the village has a population of 227 people.

Mana (rock musician)

Antto Nikolai Tuomainen (born 26 December 1979) is a Finnish drummer, bassist, singer, guitarist and record producer. He is best known by his stage name Mana and is the current drummer of the Finnish metal band Lordi. Mana uses Tama drums and his own Balbex signature sticks. He is a fan of Kiss, Ian Paice, Cozy Powell and Vinny Appice. He has produced songs and albums for various Finnish bands.

Mana (drink)

Mana is powdered meal replacement drink that contain everything the human body needs to stay healthy. It comes in powdered form that is mixed with water and oils. Nutritional values meets requirements of European organization EFSA. The name references manna the edible substance that, according to the Bible and the Quran, God provided to the Israelites when they were traveling in the desert.

Usage examples of "mana".

Iraqi male, Is al Nassir Mana, purchases magazines filled with nude photos of her type.

Habish had never heard of Mana until the previous week when the woman running the Baghdad station for Mossad had traveled to India for a routine debrief.

One of the operatives she controlled in Baghdad had stumbled onto Isal Mana and passed his name to her.

She had checked on Mana and discovered that the young man possessed three qualities Mossad might find useful.

Hellmut saw no reason to tell his friend that Mana was from Iraq and that his company was doing business with that country again.

Shoshana turned her head, cast a long gaze at Mana, then glanced away.

Her instincts warned her that it would be more acceptable to Mana and less provocative to the likes of Matt Pontowski.

Is al Nassir Mana extended his hand when he was introduced and she shook it, finding it warm and soft like his brown eyes.

Shoshana was leaning against the rail, talking and smiling at Mana, actually enjoying the conversation when the high-pitched wail of four approaching jet skis demanded their attention.

On a tight pass around the yacht, she noticed that Mana was standing alone at the rail.

On the boat ride into the harbor, Shoshana sat close to Mana, their thighs touching, and kept him talking about himself.

Just watching Shoshana move across the hotel lobby as they met for their dinner engagement excited Mana and he could feel the start of an erection.

The dinner had been everything Mana had promised and, much to her dismay, she found she liked the Iraqi.

Did you know Mana has bodyguards and they have taken pictures of you and him together?

For now, he needed to get as much rest as possible until Shoshana wangled an invitation from Is al Mana to visit Baghdad.