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Maya \Ma"ya\ (m[aum]"y[aum]), n.

  1. (Hindu Philos.) The name (in Vedantic philosphy) for the doctrine of the unreality of matter, called, in English, idealism; hence, nothingness; vanity; illusion.

  2. (Hindu Philos.) the Hindu goddess personifying the power that creates phenomena.

  3. (Hindu Philos.) the power to produce illusions.


Maya \Ma"ya\ (m[aum]"y[.a]), prop. n.; pl. Maya or Mayas.

  1. the Indian people occupying the area of Veracruz, Chiapas, Tabasco, Campeche, and Yucatan, together with a part of Guatemala and a part of Salvador. The Maya peoples are dark, short, and brachycephalic, and at the time of the discovery had attained a higher grade of culture than any other American people. They cultivated a variety of crops, were expert in the manufacture and dyeing of cotton fabrics, used cacao as a medium of exchange, and were workers of gold, silver, and copper. Their architecture comprised elaborately carved temples and palaces, and they possessed a superior calendar, and a developed system of hieroglyphic writing, with records said to go back to about 700 a. d.

  2. the language of the Mayas.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1822, from the native name. Related: Mayan (1831).


Maya may refer to:

Maya (illusion)

Maya (IAST: ), literally "illusion" or "magic", has multiple meanings in Indian philosophies depending on the context. In ancient Vedic literature, Māyā literally implies extraordinary power and wisdom. In later Vedic texts and modern literature dedicated to Indian traditions, Māyā connotes a "magic show, an illusion where things appear to be present but are not what they seem". Māyā is also a spiritual concept connoting "that which exists, but is constantly changing and thus is spiritually unreal", and the "power or the principle that conceals the true character of spiritual reality".

In Buddhism, Maya is the name of Gautama Buddha's mother. In Hinduism, Maya is also an epithet for goddess, and the name of a manifestation of Lakshmi, the goddess of "wealth, prosperity and love". Maya is also a name for girls.

Maya (TV series)

Maya is an hour-long US adventure television series that aired on NBC, Saturdays from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. from September 16, 1967, until February 10, 1968. The series is a follow-up to the 1966 film of the same name. Set in the Indian jungle, the series centered on an American boy searching for his missing father, a big game hunter.

Maya (mother of the Buddha)

Queen Māyā of Sakya (Māyādevī) was the birth mother of Gautama Buddha, the sage on whose teachings Buddhism was founded, and the sister of Mahāpajāpatī Gotamī, the first Buddhist nun ordained by the Buddha.

In Buddhist tradition Maya died soon after the birth of Buddha, generally said to be seven days afterwards, and came to life again in a Buddhist heaven, a pattern that is said to be followed in the births of all Buddhas. Thus Maya did not raise her son who was instead raised by his maternal aunt Mahapajapati Gotami. Maya would, however, on occasion descend from Heaven to give advice to her son.

Māyā means "illusion" in Sanskrit. Māyā is also called Mahāmāyā ("Great Māyā") and Māyādevī ("Queen Māyā"). In Tibetan she is called Gyutrulma and in Japanese is known as Maya-bunin (摩耶夫人). Also Sinhalese known as මහාමායා දේවී (Mahāmāyā Dēvi).

Maya (Treasurer)

Maya was an important figure during the reign of Pharaohs Tutankhamun, Ay and Horemheb of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. Maya's titles include: fan bearer on the King's right hand, overseer of the treasury, chief of the works in the necropolis, and leader of the festival of Amun in Karnak.

Maya (Space: 1999)

Maya is a fictional character created by writer producer Freddie Frieberger, who appeared in the second series of the science fiction television program Space: 1999. Played by actress Catherine Schell (who also made a first season appearance as a different character), Maya was introduced in the second series opener " The Metamorph". Maya is in her early twenties, and is a native of the planet Psychon.

Maya (comics)

Maya is a fictional Indian comic book superheroine in the DC Universe. She first appeared in Justice League Europe #47 (1993), and was created by Gerard Jones and Ron Randall.

Maya (singer)

Maya (born Kim Young-sook on 17 November 1975) is a South Korean singer and actress. Maya began her singing career as an underground rock music singer in 1996, and made her onscreen performance debut on the Mnet program Show King M on 11 March 2003. Maya's first hit song from her debut album was "Azalea," based on the same-titled poem by Kim Sowol.

Maya (Banco de Gaia album)

Maya is a music album by electronic artist Toby Marks ( Banco De Gaia).

Maya (Moheener Ghoraguli album)

Maya was a Bengali album of the Bengali band Moheener Ghoraguli. It was released in 1997.

Maya (2001 film)

Maya is a 2001 Hindi film directed by Digvijay Singh with Nitya Shetty, Mita Vashisht, Anant Nag and Nikhil Yadav in lead roles.

Maya (musician)

Maya or Maayatan, real name Masahito Yamazaki (born July 30, 1979) is the lead singer in the Japanese visual kei electronic rock band, LM.C. but before he founded LM.C he was a support guitarist for musician Miyavi in his support band Ishihara Gundan (Ishihara being Miyavi's real last name, Gundan means "brigade" or "army" in Japanese) and a guitarist in his own band, The Sinners. While still with Miyavi, Maya and other support members also played live shows as LM.C. Later they were joined by Aiji of Pierrot.

Maya (given name)

Maya is a feminine name with multiple meanings. In Hindu philosophy, Māyā means " illusion" and in Hindu mythology, it is also an alternate name of the Hindu goddess Durga. According to tradition, Queen Māyā of Sakya was also the name of the mother of Siddartha Gautama, the Buddha.

Maya can also be a name used as a tribute to the Maya peoples of southern Mexico and northern Central America or to the Maya, a group of Indigenous Australians. Additionally, Maya can be a name of Japanese origin, with different meanings. Variants include Mayako and Mayaka. Mount Maya is a Japanese mountain named for the mother of Buddha. In the Nepali language, "Maya" means "love."

The name is also used as a variant form of the Greek-origin name Maia (Μαια in Ancient Greek), the eldest of the Pleiades and the mother of Hermes in Greek and Roman mythology. The unrelated name Maia, meaning " palm tree" in the Māori language, is popular for Māori girls in New Zealand.

Sometimes spelled Maja, it can also be used as a short form of Maria or Mary in Germany, Scandinavian countries, Poland, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia. Maya is also used as a short form for the name Amalia or the Basque name Amaia or Amaya (meaning "the end") in Spanish-speaking countries.

The similar sounding Japanese name Mayu means " truth, reason," while some sources say Amaya (pronounced A-MAH-YAH) is a Japanese name meaning " night rain"

Another origin for the name Maya is the Tupi language spoken by Brazilian native Indians, meaning "Mother", and Mayara, meaning "Grandmother".

Maya has been a popular name for girls in recent years. It is currently among the top hundred names used for baby girls in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, Norway, and Israel as well as in other countries. Alternate spellings proliferate, with the name sometimes spelled Maia, Maja, Maiya, Miya, Mya, or Myah. The similar name Mia is also sometimes used as a spelling variant of Maya.

Maya (High Priest of Amun)

Maya or May was a High Priest of Amun of Ancient Egypt, until at least year 4 of Akhenaten.

May is known from an expedition in year 4 to Wadi Wadi Hammamat. The purpose of the expedition was to quarry stone for the statue of the king.

" regnal year 4, third month of inundation, day 10; under the majesty of the king of Upper and Lower Egypt Nefer-Khepheru-Re Waenre, the son of Re, Amenhotep; (the day) when the First Prophet of Amun, May, was charged with fetching basalt (for) the image of the Lord . . ."

Further inscriptions on the way to the quarries, at Wadi Abu Quwei, record that the expedition of the High Priest was accompanied by a contingent of 253 soldiers. the soldiers were under the command of a standard-bearer named Ry and his second in command named Amenmose.

Donald Redford speculates that Maya is short for Ptahmose and that Ptahmose served from the end of the reign of Amenhotep III until the beginning of the time of Akhenaten.

Maya is not mentioned after year 4, and it is possible he died soon after this expedition.

An ostracon with the name and title of the High Priest of Amun May was found by Fisher during the 1921-1923 expeditions in Dra' Abu el-Naga'. It is now in the Penn Museum (Object Number: 29-87-419). The tomb of May was identified in Dra' Abu el-Naga' as being Tomb K99.1 by a German team led by D. Polz.

Maya (novel)

Maya is a 2010 novel by Alastair Campbell, the former communications director to Tony Blair. It is Campbell's second novel and third book, after The Blair Years and All in the Mind. Maya drew generally favorable reviews and some claimed that it was, in part based on his relationship with Blair, however Campbell has denied this.

Maya (1966 film)

Maya is a 1966 American drama in Metrocolor and Panavision, the coming of age story of a young man in the jungles of India. It was directed by John Berry and starred Jay North and Sajid Khan.

Maya (Buddhist mental factor)

Māyā (Sanskrit; Tibetan wyl.: sgyu) is a Buddhist term translated as "pretense" or "deceit" that is identified as one of the twenty subsidiary unwholesome mental factors within the Mahayana Abhidharma teachings. In this context, it is defined as pretending to exhibit or claiming to have a good quality that one lacks.

Maya (Ethiopia)

The Maya were a population native to the old Wej province in Ethiopia. They were renowned for their skilled archers, the services of which were available as mercenaries. The Maya were primarily pastoralists and their livelihood was with their cattle.

Maya (1999 film)

Maya is a 1999 a trilingual devotional film produced and directed by Rama Narayanan. The film featured Napolean alongside Nagma, while S. P. Balasubrahmanyam plays a supporting role. The venture was simultaneously shot in Tamil, Telugu and Kannada, with the other versions being titled as Gurupoornima and Jayasurya respectively, with scenes overlapping. The films, which had music composed by P. R. G, opened in January 1999.

Maya (M.I.A. album)

Maya (stylised as ΛΛ Λ Y Λ) is the third studio album by English recording artist M.I.A., released on 7 July 2010 on her own label, N.E.E.T. Recordings, through XL Recordings and Interscope Records. Songwriting and production for the album were primarily handled by M.I.A., Blaqstarr and Rusko. M.I.A.'s long-time associates Diplo, Switch and her brother Sugu Arulpragasam also worked on the album, which was mainly composed and recorded at M.I.A.'s house in Los Angeles.

The album's tracks centre on the theme of information politics and are intended to evoke what M.I.A. called a "digital ruckus". Elements of industrial music were incorporated into M.I.A.'s sound for the first time. A deluxe edition was released simultaneously, featuring four bonus tracks. Critics' opinions of the album were generally favourable although divided, with both its musical style and lyrical content each attracting praise and criticism. In its first week of release, the album entered the UK Albums Chart at number 21, becoming her highest-charting album in the UK. It also became her highest-charting album in the US, reaching number nine on the Billboard 200, and debuted in the top 10 in Finland, Norway, Greece and Canada.

M.I.A. promoted the album by releasing a series of tracks online, including " XXXO", " It Takes a Muscle" and " Born Free", which was accompanied by a short film-music video, which generated controversy due to its graphic imagery. She also performed at music festivals in the US and Europe to coincide with the album's release. During her promotion of the album, she became embroiled in a dispute with Lynn Hirschberg of The New York Times.

Maya (bird)

The term maya refers to a folk taxon often used in the Philippines to refer to a variety of small, commonly observed passerine birds, including a number of sparrows, finches and munias.

This group includes Lonchura atricapilla, specifically referred to by the common name "mayang pula" ("red maya"), which was recognized as the national bird of the Philippines until 1995, when President Fidel V. Ramos formally transferred that honorific to the Philippine eagle.

It also includes the Eurasian tree sparrow, Passer montanus, introduced from Europe and locally referred to as "mayang simbahan" - an invasive species so predominant in urban areas that many urban Filipinos mistakenly think it is the only species referred to as "maya."

Maya (2015 Indian film)

Maya is a 2015 Indian Tamil language horror film written and directed by Ashwin Saravanan. It features Nayanthara and Aari in the lead. Lakshmi Priyaa Chandramouli and Amzath Khan were in supporting roles. The film is one of the highest-grossing Tamil film of 2015. A dubbed Telugu version Mayuri was also released.

Maya (Maya Berović album)

Maya is the eponymous third studio album by Bosnian pop star Maya Berović. It was released under BN Music on 17 February 2011.

Maya (2015 Pakistani film)

Maya is a 2015 Pakistani horror film which is directorial debut of Jawad Bashir and produced by Hina Jawad under production banner Twister Films. The film features assembled cast including Ahmed Abdul Rehman, Hina Jawad, Zain Afzal, Sheikh Mohammad Ahmed and Anam Malik. Hina Jawad played the lead role of Maya in film. The film's story is inspired from a real paranormal event that occurred in Denmark.

The film was released nationwide on June 12, 2015.

Maya (1961 film)

Maya is a 1961 Bollywood film directed by D D Kashyap. The film stars Dev Anand and Mala Sinha along with Lalita Pawar.

Maya (Tamil TV series)

Maya is a Tamil medical soap opera that aired Monday through Friday on Jaya TV from 22 October 2012 to 2013 at 9:30PM IST. The show starred Easwari Rao, Vani Bhojan, Abhishek and Venkat among others. It was producer by Sathya Jyothi Films, writer by Indira Soundarrajan and director by B. Nityanandham.

Maya (actress)

Maya is an Indian film actress who has appeared in the Tamil film industry. After making her film debut with AR Murugadoss's production Maan Karate (2014) in a supporting role, she has since moved on to play leading roles.

Usage examples of "maya".

TB a few days earlier, and when the Germans burned Dubrovka, Babushka Maya escaped to the city.

Only Babushka Maya, unshakable to the last, kept quiet and continued to paint.

Not from the night, not from Mama or Papa, not from Deda and Babushka, far away, not from Babushka Maya, too old to care, not from Marina, who knew too much without knowing anything, not from Dimitri, who was mired in his own hell, and certainly not from Alexander, the impossible, maddening, unforgivable Alexander.

In a flutelike voice, he sang of the sacred writings, or Vedas, composed well before the first millennium bc, and of the catalogue of magical yajnas, sacrificial formulas, mantras, and rituals that the Vedic religion embodied, and of the many schools, sects, and religions that had developed through the centuries: Sankhya, Yoga, Vedanta, Vaishnavas, Shaivas, Shak-tas, all of which were preached and practised under the separate canopies of Buddhism, Jainism, and Sikhism, which in turn took their impetus from the original Vedic, changing and refining the basic precepts into a multiplicity of separate doctrines : Karma, avatar, samsara, dharma, trimurti, bhakti, maya.

For this reason it is impossible to distinguish females of the brocket from those of the other species of deer, if indeed, the Mayas themselves made such a distinction.

Maya calls cenote and here the water is fresh and good although it is fed not by running streams but rather issues forth from the bowels of the earth.

The Project Gutenberg eBook of Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices, by Prof.

Aids to the Study of the Maya Codices, by Cyrus Thomas This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

American paleography a brief explanation of some discoveries, made in regard to certain Maya codices, which are not mentioned in my previous papers relating to these aboriginal manuscripts.

In the thirteenth ahau katun those called the Maya men founded the city Mayapan.

In the sixth katun they were destroyed, and it was ended with those called Mayas.

It was the eleventh ahau katun in which it ended with those called Mayas.

Maya, a Japanese girl with dyed-blond hair and fever-bright eyes, but Kawa was right, whatever she might have seen lay light-years away behind those stoned eyes.

Mayas, the Kiches and the Cakchiquels, in their most venerable traditions, claimed to have migrated from the north or west, from some part of the present country of Mexico.

The American nations among whom a distinct and well-authenticated myth of the deluge was found are as follows: Athapascas, Algonkins, Iroquois, Cherokees, Chikasaws, Caddos, Natchez, Dakotas, Apaches, Navajos, Mandans, Pueblo Indians, Aztecs, Mixtecs, Zapotecs, Tlascalans, Mechoacans, Toltecs, Nahuas, Mayas, Quiches, Haitians, natives of Darien and Popoyan, Muyscas, Quichuas, Tuppinambas, Achaguas, Araucanians, and doubtless others.