Anime & Manga Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for anime and manga fans. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

in Maria-sama ga Miteru (Maria Watches Over Us), every morning the girls pray to a statue of Maria. It's obvious that Maria is some sort of saint related to the school, but I am wondering: is Maria someone in real life or was she made up just for the anime?

share|improve this question
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Maria is also known as Mary, or the holy virgin Mary. She is one of the key points in several streams of religion. The Maria in the series seems to be based on this.

According to the Bible, Mary (מרים; c. 18 BC – c. 41 AD), also known as Saint Mary or Virgin Mary, was a Jewish woman of Nazareth in Galilee. She is identified in the New Testament[Mt 1:16,18-25][Lk 1:26-56][2:1-7] as the mother of Jesus through divine intervention. Mary (Maryam) also has a revered position in Islam, where a whole chapter of the Qur'an is devoted to her. Christians hold her son Jesus to be Christ (i.e., the messiah) and God the Son Incarnate. By contrast, Muslims regard Jesus as one of the prophets of God sent to humanity; not as God himself nor the Son of God.

share|improve this answer
Are you sure that the Maria in Marimite is "based on" the Virgin Mary? I thought that she was the Virgin Mary. – senshin Apr 21 '14 at 23:24
Maria-sama ga Miteru (マリア様がみてる?, lit. The Virgin Mary is Watching or Maria Watches Over Us), often shortened to Marimite . From the Maria sama ga miteru wiki. – Dimitri mx Apr 21 '14 at 23:26

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.