Maya/Maia is one of those names that exists across many cultures. In Greek mythology, Maia was the mother of Hermes, one of the Pleiades. In Roman Mythology, Maia was the goddess of spring (from whom we get the name of the month of May). Maya was also the name of the Buddha's mother, in Buddhist tradition. In Sanskrit, the name means "the illusory power of God," and is one of the great philosophic concepts of Indian Hinduism embodied in female form. The name Maya, since it occurs in so many traditions, may be related to the Indo-European word for "mother." The Mayans were also an indigenous people in Central America.
See Also: Mya, Maia, Myah

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