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Alara

Alara is a name I couldn't find a particular meaning, though the most common thing I came across was that it was a Turkish name; it's also a masculine name, belonging to a King of Kush (an ancient Nubian kingdom). Alara of Nubia was the first founder of the Napatan royal dynasty

Alara is also the name of a hermet saint and teacher of yogi meditation , Ālāra Kālāma; he also lived during the time of the Buddha and was one of his early teachers.


Alara is also the name of a water fairy in Turkic mythology, originating from Lake Baikal (a rift lake in Russia) and made from the tears of a thousand women. She takes on the appearance of a beautiful little girl with butterfly-like wings made out of light, and which sprinkle water when she beats them. Because her beauty and youth depend on water,  she must always stick close to the water. Alara has the power to remove hate and greed from people's hearts and make them capable of true love. Those who want Alara's help but must travel to the lake where she was last seen and and tie a colorful ribbon around the branch of a blooming lakeside tree; if the ribbon was cut from the handkerchief last used to wipe off the tears of a heartbroken person then the wish is more likely to become true. Wishes must be made under a cloudless night sky shortly before dawn and Alara answers the wisher with a light breeze, a shooting star, a light show of bioluminescent algae, or even by manifesting herself and talking to the wish maker. 


Alara could also just be a variant form of Lara with the a- prefix, which could be a short form of Larisa, the name of a city in Thessaly possibly meaning "citadel"; Lara could also be a short form of Larunda, the name of a nymph in Roman mythology (also known as Lara) who couldn't keep secrets and told Juno of her spouse Jupiter's affair with the goddess Juturna, resulting in Jupiter cutting off her tongue. The name could either derived from Greek laleo meaning "to talk" or  it could come from Latin Lares, referring to guardian deities who watched over Roman households. 



Alara Castle is a historic fortification located in Southern Turkey.


Interesting fact: Turkic mythology are myths and legends found in Turkey that have long been influenced by migrations and wars and  by other mythologies such as Tatar, Finnic, and Indo-European; as well as being influenced by Buddhism, Zoroastrianism, Manichaeism as well as Tengriist and Shamanist traditions, as well as Islamic symbols. From what I've seen so far, it's actually a very fascinating subject.


Origin: Turkish, Nubian, Indian, Greek, Roman



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