- the power, as of a god, to produce illusions.
- the production of an illusion.
- (in Vedantic philosophy) the illusion of the reality of sensory experience and of the experienced qualities and attributes of oneself.
- (initial capital letter) Also called Mahamaya. a goddess personifying the power that creates phenomena.
Origin of maya
- a member of a major pre-Columbian civilization of the Yucatán Peninsula that reached its peak in the 9th century a.d. and produced magnificent ceremonial cities with pyramids, a sophisticated mathematical and calendar system, hieroglyphic writing, and fine sculpture, painting, and ceramics.
- a member of a modern American Indian people of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of Honduras who are the descendants of this ancient civilization.
- any of the Mayan languages; the historical and modern languages of the Mayas.
Examples from the Web for mayas
Historical Examples of mayas
To Mayas horror it left one dead bee after another in its wake.The Adventures of Maya the Bee
The architectural skill of the Mayas must have been of a very high order.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
There is no question that such was the case with the brief and bloody revolt of the Mayas in 1761.Nagualism
Daniel G. Brinton
We will now turn our attention to the ruins in the territory of the Mayas.
The Mayas are said to have placed the commencement of the year about the sixteenth of July.
- Hinduism illusion, esp the material world of the senses regarded as illusory
Word Origin for maya
- the Hindu goddess of illusion, the personification of the idea that the material world is illusory
- Also called: Mayan plural -ya or -yas a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan, Belize, and N Guatemala, having an ancient culture once characterized by outstanding achievements in architecture, astronomy, chronology, painting, and pottery
- the language of this peopleSee also Mayan
1822, from the native name. Related: Mayan (1831).
A Native American people, living in what is now Mexico and northern Central America, who had a flourishing civilization from before the birth of Jesus until around 1600, when they were conquered by the Spanish. The Mayas are known for their astronomical observations, accurate calendars, sophisticated hieroglyphics, and pyramids.