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1. In Hinduism, Buddhism, and certain other East Asian religions, the transitory, manifold appearance of the sensible world, which obscures the undifferentiated spiritual reality from which it originates; the illusory appearance of the sensible world.
2. Hinduism The power of a god or demon to transform a concept into an element of the sensible world.
n. pl. Maya or Ma·yas
a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people inhabiting southeast Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, whose civilization reached its height around ad 300-900. The Maya are noted for their architecture and city planning, their mathematics and calendar, and their hieroglyphic writing system.
b. A modern-day descendant of this people.
2. Any of the Mayan languages, especially Quiché and Yucatec.
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|Noun||1.||Mayas - an ethnic minority speaking Mayan languages and living in Yucatan and adjacent areas|
ethnic minority - a group that has different national or cultural traditions from the majority of the population
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