Māyā ［摩耶］ (, Pali; Maya): Also known as Mahāmāyā. The wife of King Shuddhodana of the Shākya tribe in India, and the mother of Shakyamuni. She died seven days after giving birth to Shakyamuni at the Lumbinī grove, and her younger sister Mahāprajāpatī raised the young prince. According to the Sutra of the Collected Stories of the Buddha’s Deeds in Past Lives, Māyā was the eldest of the eight daughters of a man named Suprabuddha who lived in Devadaha near Kapilavastu. She married into the royal family of the Shākya tribe at Kapilavastu along with her seven younger sisters. Māyā and her youngest sister Mahāprajāpatī were married to Shuddhodana and the other six sisters to Shuddhodana’s three brothers. A differing account appears in the Mahāsammata Sutra, which states that Suprabuddha had two daughters, Māyā and Mahāmāyā, and that it was Mahāmāyā who married Shuddhodana and gave birth to Shakyamuni. According to the Miscellaneous Āgama Sutra, Shakyamuni, having attained enlightenment, ascended to the Heaven of the Thirty-three Gods to preach his teaching to his mother, Māyā, who had been reborn in this heaven. The Causality of Past and Present Sutra states that, when the pregnant Māyā reached out with her right arm for a branch of an ashoka tree at the Lumbinī grove to pick some blossoms, Shakyamuni was born out of her right side.