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Come to me, Mara, for without you, I might forget the ways of our fathers, and preening by the light of latest fashion, my words might tremble like the thin reeds of novelty in the tempest of enthusiasmsPocket Guide to the Empire, 3rd Edition

Mara, also known as Mother Mara,[1][2][3][4] Mother Mild,[5] and the Divine Mother,[1] is the Goddess of Love, Fertility, Agriculture,[6] and Compassion.[7] She is also acclaimed as the Mother-Goddess,[8] and is one of the Divines.[9]

In the Merethic Era, Mara was originally worshipped simply as a fertility goddess,[10] but the sphere of the Divine later extended to agriculture and love. Nir, the female principle of the cosmos credited as the mother of creation, is occasionally associated with Mara as a result of her role as the goddess of fertility and agriculture.[6] Mara is considered a near universal deity as the Divine is featured in the pantheons of all the races of the continent of Tamriel save the Dunmer and Argonians.[8]


Nuralanya and Gurlak reuniting in afterlife by the grace of Mara

According to the creation myth presented in the Anuad, Mara and the Aedra (gods) were born from the mingled blood of Anu and Padomay, the good and evil primal forces, respectively, and therefore have a capacity for both good and evil, in contrast to the Daedra, who were born from the blood of Padomay, and thus are only evil.[11] The creation myth of the Khajiit acclaims Mara as the Mother Cat and describes the Divine as the daughter of Ahnurr (Anu) and Fadomai (Padomay).[12] The formation of Akatosh, the Dragon God of Time, from the mingled blood of the brothers Anu and Padomay facilitated the formation of Mara and the gods as they learnt to structure themselves.[13] Shezarr's Song, a Cyrodiilic creation myth, acclaims the creation of Mundus to the sacrifice of Mara and the gods whose sacrifices were embodied as eponymous planets.[14][15] Mara and the gods were subsequently bound to the Earth Bones as a result.[14] The moons of Masser and Secunda are claimed to be the embodiment of the lovers, a mortal woman named Mara and Shandar, respectively, as created by the Divine.[16]

Different cultures attribute different relationships between Mara and the other gods. The Nords of Skyrim consider Mara a handmaiden of Kyne and concubine of Shor (Lorkhan).[6] However, the Bretons, Altmer, and Bosmer consider Mara to be the wife of Akatosh or Auriel to the Elves.[10][17][18] Other faiths acclaim Mara as the wife of Lorkhan or concubine of Akatosh, or, in some cases, concubine of both.[8] In Ark'ay The God, Mymophonus the scribe claims that Mara deified Arkay, the God of Birth and Death, so to allow him to teach mortals the necessity of life and death.[2] In the First Era, the Divine punished Sai, God of Luck, and deprived him of his body for his failure to uphold his pact with Ebonarm, God of War, to spread luck throughout Tamriel in the gods' absence.[19] St. Alessia consulted Mara during her slave revolt against the Ayleids in the First Era.[20] The Warp in the West, also known as the Miracle of Peace, in 3E 417 is acclaimed as the work of Mara, Akatosh, and Stendarr.[21] It is unknown if Mara successfully destroyed the Skull of Corruption, a daedric artifact, in 4E 201.[22]

There are documented cases of Mara intervening, enabling the departed to briefly return as ghosts to share final moments with their loved ones and guide them beyond the mortal realm. This intervention extended even to situations involving individuals from different races with distinct beliefs about the afterlife. Notably, Mara facilitated the reunion of Nuralanya, a Corelanya Altmer, and an Orc named Gurlak in the afterlife.[23][24]


Amulet of Mara
A shrine to Mara with rings of Mara

As Goddess of Love, Mara is the bearer of love,[25] and shines the light of love on all mortals.[26] Mara gave life to mortals so that they may love.[27] The gift of love was bestowed upon mortals by the Divine so to honor Mara,[27] and allow them to understand the true nature of the Divines.[25] Mara teaches that love provides nourishment and life to all mortals.[25] The Divine commands mortals to "live soberly and peacefully. Honor your parents, and preserve the peace and security of home and family".[28] Mara's Benevolence is eternal and those who offer their love to the Divine will never be forsaken.[29] The Warmth of Mara shapes the destiny of mortals and can be felt across Tamriel.[29] Priests of Mara teach that the Divine is omnipresent and her love and affection can be found in the heart of all mortals, thus linking them to Mara.[30] The holy truth declares that love creates life and therefore those who love create more life.[27]

Mara is also the patron of marriage,[25] and the act of union is carried out at her shrines and temples.[31][32] The Divine teaches that the spark of union between two mortals comes from within and is not based on appearance.[25] The oaths and vows of marriage create life from love and are respected in the name of Mara.[27] The act of union is confirmed upon taking the Pledge of Mara and Mara does not place any restrictions on marriage, thus all may marry, irrespective of gender and race, and unite their souls in the holy union.[1] Mara makes her will known to her priests through visions[33] and commands them to aid those whose love needs guidance.[34] The priesthood of Mara strive to unite all mortals and are intolerant of those who are intolerant of others.[35] Mara's Prayer from the Doomed is a prayer recited in desperate situations.[36]


Worship in Black MarshEdit

The majority of the population of the province of Black Marsh venerate the Hist, and, in the Second Era, worship among the Argonians of Black Marsh of Mara and the gods was limited to a small minority of those who had assimilated to the culture of the Empire.[37] Imperial missionary efforts in the province in the Third Era were unsuccessful as missionaries died from local diseases, such as at Umpholo, where a Temple of Mara was constructed.[38] Mara is known to have been worshipped as a member of the pantheon of the Kothringi, the indigenous humans of Black Marsh, and was considered one of their three "mothers in the Around-Us", as well as Dibella and Kynareth.[UOL 1]

Worship in CyrodiilEdit

Imperial depiction of Mara
A priestess of Mara in Cyrodiil

The Imperials of the province of Cyrodiil venerate Mara and the Divine is considered part of the Cyrodiilic pantheon.[8] A Benevolence of Mara, a cathedral dedicated to the Divine, was located in the Imperial City, the capital of the province, in the late First Era, under the Reman Dynasty.[39] In the 5th century of the Second Era, the Imperial City was also home to a Yokudan chapel in the Market District which contained a shrine to Morwha shaped like a beehive.[40] A Temple of Mara, and later Great Chapel of Mara, is known to have been located at Bravil in the Second and Third Eras, respectively.[41][42][43] In the late Third Era, wayshrines dedicated to the Divine can be found throughout the countryside.[44] At this time, the office of Archbishop of Mara is attested.[38] A wayshrine of Mara northwest of the city of Anvil was destroyed during the Oblivion Crisis in 3E 433.[44][45] In the same year, the Great Chapel of Mara at Bravil was desecrated by Aurorans, daedra in the service of Meridia, and several of its priests were killed.[46][43]

Although Ayleids followed the Daedra, the Aedra of Elven pantheon were still widely revered, with probably a majority of the Ayleids continuing to pay them homage, but cults devoted to the various Daedric Princes sprang up across Cyrodiil, tolerated and then celebrated.[47]

Worship in HammerfellEdit

The worship of Mara in the province of Hammerfell is divided between the Crowns, who represent the conservatives, and Forebears, who represent the cosmopolitan Redguards.[48] Mara is known to both Crowns and Forebears as Morwha, a fertility goddess, however, the names Morwha and Mara are used interchangeably among the Forebears.[49] Morwha is considered the favorite wife of Akatosh or Ruptga, to the Forebears and Crowns, respectively.[49] The goddess is always depicted with four arms so that she may "grab more husbands".[48] Mara is worshipped throughout Hammerfell, including the Island of Stros M'Kai,[49] and is the patron deity of the regions of Antiphyllos,[50] Ayasofya,[51] Ephesus,[52] and Ykalon.[53] In the late Third Era, similarly to High Rock, the Benevolence of Mara was responsible for the administration of temples dedicated to Mara and the Maran Knights was also active in the province at this time.[35][54] A Conservatorium of Morwha was located in the city of Hegathe in the late First Era.[55]

Worship in High RockEdit

Symbols of the Benevolences of Mara in the Iliac Bay region

Mara, a member of the pantheon of the Bretons,[8] is the patron deity of several regions of High Rock, such as Anticlere, Betony, Glenumbra Moors, and Northmoor.[56] It is said that villages which have clement weather year-round are protected by the Mother Goddess.[UOL 2] In Anticlere, the 21st of Last Seed was known as Appreciation Day, an ancient holiday of thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest. It was considered a holy and contemplative day devoted to Mara, the goddess-protector of the region.[57]

Nedic sculptures depicted coupled idols of an Elven Mara embracing a Mannish Lorkhan, seen as early evidence of Aldmeri culture being welcomed with open arms by the Manmer.[58] In the late Third Era, temples dedicated to the Divine were administered by the Benevolence of Mara, a religious organization dedicated to Mara and her teachings, and could be found in major urban centers throughout the province. The Benevolence of Mara was led by a patriarch and was allied to the Temple of Stendarr, a religious organization dedicated to Stendarr and his teachings.[35] The Maran Knights were a controversial knightly order dedicated to Mara and the protection of her temples. Some within the priesthood of Mara called for the disbandment of the order, while others argued the order was necessary to create peace.[54]

Worship in MorrowindEdit

Banner of Mara in Morrowind

The Dunmer of Morrowind largely neglect worship of Mara and the Divines, however, in the late Third Era, worship of Mara and the Divines was practiced by a small minority of Dunmer on the Island of Vvardenfell. Worship of the Divine in Vvardenfell in the late Third Era was largely confined to its non-Dunmer population who prayed at shrines operated by the Imperial Cult, a missionary group, which combined worship of the Divines and provided services for all the Divines at shrines found at Imperial forts.[59] A shrine to Mara and the Divines was also located in the Royal Palace of Mournhold during this time.[60] Following the collapse of the Tribunal Temple in 3E 427, worshippers of Mara and the Divines formed the majority of Hlaalu and Vvardenfell districts.[61] In the Second Era, during the Three Banners War, shrines of Mara were located in the cities of Davon's Watch and Mournhold.[31]

Worship in the ReachEdit

A direwolf of the Shrine of the Hunt-Father, named after Mara
An altar bearing Mara's seal in a sacred Reachman site

Circa 2E 582, two Reachfolk clans, Eagleseers and Six-Fords were to hold a handfasting upon an altar of Mara at Hroldan Ring to unite the two clans, but it is unknown if they actually worshiped Mara herself.[62] One of the direwolves kept in the Shrine of the Hunt-Father's grounds was named after Mara.[63]

After imperialization and the loss of independence, some Reachmen embraced the worship of the Eight Divines, including Mara, believing that certain aspects of their traditional practices were best left in the past.[64][65][66] As of 4E 201 several Reachfolk accept marriage under Mara.[32] Spirits of Briarhearts, whose original hearts were defiled are unable to pass to the afterlife,[67][68] unless the original heart of the deceased Briarheart is purified at the shrine of Mara and properly buried.[69]

Worship in SkyrimEdit

Mara as the Wolf carved in stone
A priestess of Mara in Skyrim

The Divine is also worshipped as a member of the Nordic pantheon.[8] The Sacred Wolf was one of the most revered Atmoran animal totems, associated by later Nords with the goddess Mara,[70] who was known as Mother Wolf.[71][72] In the Second Era, Mara was associated with the Ice Wolves that inhabited the mouth of the White River in the northeast of the province.[73] Wooden figures of Mara depict a naked woman partially clothed in wolf pelts who bears fangs of her own, similar to Atmoran stone carvings.[74]

Worship of Mara in the province of Skyrim was widespread in the Fourth Era and shrines dedicated to the Divine could be found both in the wilderness and in urban centers, such as at the Temple of the Divines in Solitude,[75] and at the Temple of Mara in Riften.[76] Shrines dedicated to Mara usually have flower-spouting fertility statuettes.[77] A pond in the hold of Eastmarch was named after Mara.[78] Some argued the return of the dragons in 4E 201 was a sign from Mara signalling her displeasure with the people of Skyrim.[79]

To Nordic traditionalists, Mara takes lesser role in the pantheon, considered to be Kyne's handmaiden, and one of Shor's concubines.[6][UOL 3] Her worship tends to be more emphasized in areas with a large Imperial influence. Amulets of Mara are frequently worn to indicate that someone is looking to marry, as life is hard and full of hardship in Skyrim courtships tend to be very short. Marriages are often held in Riften's Temple of Mara.[citation needed]

Worship in the Summerset IslesEdit

Altmeri depiction of Mara

Mara is worshipped in the High Elven pantheon.[18] An Altmer legend tells that Nenamil, the Archon of Song, once embarked on a pilgrimage to see Mara's beauty in person, believing that the greatest love he could feel was love for the mother of creation. His journey eventually took him to what is now known as Archon's Grove, where he found a flower of surpassing beauty, the so-called Rose-of-Archon. Upon seeing the flower, he realized that Mara was more than just a being: she was beauty incarnate, found in every exquisite thing. From then on, Nenamil would preach Mara's beauty and the Rose-of-Archon would honor and represent her. Roses-of-Archon are collected by the Sapiarchs for the Divine Reverence to Mara, a ceremony that lasts for at least fifty-eight days.[80]


Chalice of Mara

During the Three Banners War in the Second Era, a Temple of Mara located in the town of Bravil, Cyrodiil, was home to several holy relics of Mara, including a chalice, phylactery, dagger, and circlet. The Chalice of Mara was alleged to have been a wedding gift from Mara to St. Alessia, founder of the Alessian Empire, at her wedding to Morihaus.[81] In 2E 582, the Sphinxmoth Bandits, a group of bandits operating from the neighboring Fort Sphinxmoth, looted the temple of its valuables, including the relics. The bandits were defeated by the Vestige and the relics were subsequently returned to the temple.[82] In 3E 427, on the Island of Vvardenfell, the Divine appeared before the Nerevarine as an apparition in the form of a Breton woman named Ama Nin and gifted the Nerevarine her blouse and skirt.[83] Some claim the Everflow Ewer was created by Mara.[84]

Of the Crusader's Relics, it is unknown whether Mara created the Cuirass or Greaves of the Crusader. The Crusader's Relics are a set of artifacts created by the Divines in the early First Era for Pelinal Whitestrake, the Divine Crusader, to allow him to defeat and banish Umaril the Unfeathered, an Ayleid Sorcerer King. Regardless, Pelinal, despite his victory over Umaril, was slain and the Crusader's Relics were scattered and lost for thousands of years.[85] The Cuirass of the Crusader was held by the Wyrm of Elynglenn in Cyrodiil until recovered by Sir Amiel Lannus, a member of the chivalric order the Knights of the Nine, in 3E 111.[86] The cuirass was stored in the undercroft of the Priory of the Nine, where it lay until recovered by the Hero of Kvatch in 3E 433.[87] The Greaves of the Crusader were recovered by Sir Berich Vlindrel and were buried with him in the Vlindrel family tomb, but was later recovered by Sir Roderic of Wayrest and his squire Lathon, who gifted the greaves to the Hero of Kvatch.[88]

Mara's BlouseEdit

Mara's Blouse is a piece of clothing associated with the Goddess of Love, Mara. It is a red blouse imbued with magical properties that protect the wearer from the effects of hostile spells.

Mara's SkirtEdit

Mara's Skirt is a piece of clothing associated with the Goddess of Love, Mara. It is a red skirt imbued with magical properties that improve the vitality and health of the wearer.


The planet Mara, sometimes called MHARA, is one of the Planets in the skies of Mundus, and according to the Warrior-Poet, Vivec, is one of the eight worlds known to the Dwemer. Mara is Zenithar's satellite and is orbiting around it, while Dibella is orbiting around Mara. The planet is simultaneously Mara and the plane of Mara, just like the other planets and their eponymous patrons.



  • Mara lends her name to an alcoholic beverage known as the Bloody Mara.[90]
  • Some view certain breeds of Tamriel's hens laying colorful eggs in pastel colors in Spring as a sign of the blessing of Mara.[91]
  • The word for "relating to Mara" is "Maran".[54]
  • Mara was named after Daggerfall beta tester Marilyn Wasserman.



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  2. ^ a b Ark'ay The GodMymophonus the Scribe
  3. ^ The Improved Emperor's Guide to Tamriel: SkyrimFlaccus Terentius, 2E 581
  4. ^ Loremaster's Archive: Murkmire Q&A Part 2Jee-Lar
  5. ^ Guide to BravilAlessia Ottus
  6. ^ a b c d Varieties of Faith: The NordsBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  7. ^ Loading screen in Skyrim
  8. ^ a b c d e f Varieties of Faith...Brother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  9. ^ The Talos MistakeLeonora Venatus
  10. ^ a b Varieties of Faith: The BretonsBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  11. ^ The Annotated Anuad
  12. ^ Words of Clan Mother AhnissiClan Mother Ahnissi
  13. ^ The Monomyth
  14. ^ a b Aedra and Daedra
  15. ^ The Orrery in Oblivion
  16. ^ Mara's TearZhen
  17. ^ Varieties of Faith: The Wood ElvesBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  18. ^ a b Varieties of Faith: The High ElvesBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  19. ^ King Edward, Part X — Anonymous
  20. ^ The Song of Pelinal, v 2
  21. ^ The Warp in the WestUlvius Tero
  22. ^ Events of Waking Nightmare in Skyrim
  23. ^ Nuralanya's dialogue in ESO
  24. ^ Events of The Oldest Orc in ESO
  25. ^ a b c d e Dinya Balu's dialogue in Skyrim
  26. ^ Briehl's dialogue in Skyrim
  27. ^ a b c d Heart's Day Mass Wedding — Loremaster Lawrence Schick
  28. ^ Ten Commands: Nine Divines
  29. ^ a b The Warmth of Mara
  30. ^ The Heart of Love
  31. ^ a b Ritual of Mara in ESO
  32. ^ a b Events of The Bonds of Matrimony in Skyrim
  33. ^ Erandur's dialogue in Skyrim
  34. ^ The Book of Love in Skyrim
  35. ^ a b c Faction information for the Benevolence of Mara in Daggerfall
  36. ^ The RefugeesGeros Albreigh
  37. ^ Varieties of Faith: The ArgoniansBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  38. ^ a b The Argonian Account, Book 4Waughin Jarth
  39. ^ 2920, Morning StarCarlovac Townway
  40. ^ Crafting Motif 6: Redguard StyleDoctor Alfidia Lupus
  41. ^ Daughter of the NibenSathyr Longleat
  42. ^ Events of Prisoners of the Sphinx in ESO
  43. ^ a b Great Chapel of Mara in Oblivion
  44. ^ a b Wayshrines in Oblivion
  45. ^ Events of Dagon Shrine in Oblivion
  46. ^ Events of Nature's Fury in Oblivion
  47. ^ Daedra Worship: The AyleidsPhrastus of Elinhir
  48. ^ a b Varieties of Faith, Crown RedguardsBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  49. ^ a b c Varieties of Faith, The ForebearsBrother Mikhael Karkuxor of the Imperial College
  50. ^ Antiphyllos in Daggerfall
  51. ^ Ayasofya in Daggerfall
  52. ^ Ephesus in Daggerfall
  53. ^ Ykalon in Daggerfall
  54. ^ a b c Faction information for the Maran Knights in Daggerfall
  55. ^ 2920, Sun's HeightCarlovac Townway
  56. ^ Patron deities of Anticlere, Betony, Glenumbra Moors and Northmoor in Daggerfall
  57. ^ Holidays in Daggerfall
  58. ^ Manmer Coupled Idol codex entries in ESO
  59. ^ Imperial Cult's presence and members in Morrowind
  60. ^ Imperial Cult Shrine in Tribunal
  61. ^ A Life of Uriel Septim VIIRufus Hayn
  62. ^ Vows and Oaths quest in ESO
  63. ^ Mara in ESO: Markarth
  64. ^ Belchimac's dialogue in Skyrim
  65. ^ Cedran's dialogue in Skyrim
  66. ^ Degaine's dialogue in Skyrim
  67. ^ Beldama Witch's Note
  68. ^ Crypt of the Heart - Draft — Ariana Dumas
  69. ^ Events of Crypt of the Heart quest in Skyrim
  70. ^ Frostbane Wolf's description in ESO
  71. ^ Taxidermied Wolf and Suckling Cubs
  72. ^ Old Mjolen's dialogue in ESO
  73. ^ White River Ice Wolf Pup's description in ESO
  74. ^ Wolf Mara Figure description
  75. ^ Temple of the Divines in Skyrim
  76. ^ Temple of Mara in Skyrim
  77. ^ Mara Fertility Fetish description
  78. ^ Mara's Eye Pond in Skyrim
  79. ^ Maramal's dialogue in Skyrim
  80. ^ Justiciar Tanorian's dialogue in ESO: Summerset
  81. ^ Marcella Ammianus' dialogue in ESO
  82. ^ An Affront to Mara quest in ESO
  83. ^ Boots of the Apostle quest in Morrowind
  84. ^ KnightfallJaren Aethelweald, edited by Kirellian Odrenius
  85. ^ The Knights of the NineKaroline of Solitude
  86. ^ Sir Amiel's JournalSir Amiel
  87. ^ Events of Priory of the Nine in Oblivion
  88. ^ Events of The Faithful Squire in Oblivion
  89. ^ White River Ice Wolf Pup description in ESO
  90. ^ Purifying Bloody Mara beverage in ESO
  91. ^ Mara's Spring Chicken description in ESO

Note: The following references are considered to be unofficial sources. They are included to round off this article and may not be authoritative or conclusive.