• "Mara" is the Old Norse word for "goblin" or "nightmare".
    • "Mara" also is the name for a specter or wraith-like creature in Germanic and particularly Scandinavian folklore, thought to cause nightmares.
  • Mara is the god of death in the story of how Gautama becomes Buddha, who is sitting under a fig tree trying to achieve enlightenment. Mara is afraid that Gautama might succeed and tries to scare him off, but fails.

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