(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
Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1815–25
Related formsma·yan, adjective
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.
Hinduismillusion, esp the material world of the senses regarded as illusory
Derived Formsmayan, adjective
Word Origin for maya
C19: from Sanskrit
the Hindu goddess of illusion, the personification of the idea that the material world is illusory
Derived FormsMayan, adjective
Also called: Mayanplural-yaor-yasa 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
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.