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Black Maria is a Demon in the series.

History[]

Black Maria refers to the Black Madonna, or Black Virgin, which is a depiction of the Virgin Mary which has brown or black skin. There are 3 distinct categories of depictions referred to as "Black Madonnas":

  • Depictions of Virgin Mary reflecting the appearance of the local Christian community; these include both Madonnas from areas where Christianity was present since antiquity (Ethiopia, Egypt etc.) and those from areas where it was introduced under colonial influence within the past 500 years
  • Depictions of Mary which were not originally black but turned black due to damage (for example detoriation of certain pigments or accumulation of soot on the surface of a statue)
  • Miscellanous examples which do not fit into either of these categories, like many Madonnas from Eastern Orthodox churches or the Madonna of Częstochowa

It's likely that many of the Madonnas in the third category were simply a result of medieval contacts with cultures responsible with the first category of depictions, and the belief that due to living closer to areas where biblical figures were said to live they captured them the most accurately in art. Some researches note that pilgrims to certain sanctuaries in Europe likely perceived dark-skinned Madonnas as more "authentic."[1] A similar claim is known from Poland, where the country's most notable Christian icon, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, is traditionally regarded as the work of one of the apostles passed down for centuries rather than a mundane medieval painting.[2]

Ean Begg, an esotericist relying mostly on Jungian analysis and pseudohistorical sources such as Robert Graves' "White Goddess," as well as other Jungian authors, claimed that Black Madonnas may have grown out of pre-Christian earth goddess traditions and that their dark skin may be associated with ancient images of these goddesses and the color of the fertile earth. Begg also attempted to link them to the underworld and to sexual rites. However, the goddesses proponents of this theory often bring up in relation to Black Madonnas weren't generally depicted in such a manner. While Isis was regarded as a mother goddess by Egyptians as well as by other cultures which incorporated her into their religious beliefs (like the Romans), she was more a "queen mother" than "mother earth." It is, however, possible that certain types of Isis' cult images, namely these showing her with baby Horus, influenced Christian art. While Artemis and Cybele were both associated with nature, they weren't generally depicted with particularly dark skin in art, and the understanding of their "great goddess" role in Anatolian and Hellenic religion varied.

Appearances[]

Profile[]

Shin Megami Tensei IMAGINE[]

Black Maria was implemented in October 2015 as part of the The Die is Cast questline. She can be fused in a double-fusion of Anat and Jeanne D'Arc.

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[]

"A holy mother of the dark, of Christian descent.
The statues in regular churches are usually of the Virgin Mary, but there exist some suspicious black statues. They say that these statues have their origins in the Middle East, such as Egypt's Isis and the Phrygian Cybele."
Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey compendium

Shin Megami Tensei IV[]

"A holy mother of the dark, of Christian descent.
The statues in regular churches are usually of the Virgin Mary, but there exist some suspicious black statues. They say that these statues have their origins in the Middle East, such as Egypt's Isis and the Phrygian Cybele."
Shin Megami Tensei IV compendium

Black Maria was formerly the Lady Danu who ruled over the fairies. Due to religious persecution and the threat of the Fairy race being destroyed completely, the Lady Danu had no choice but to merge with an interpretation of the Virgin Mary to become Black Maria as a way to save her beloved children.

When Nozomi summons her, at the request of the fairies, Black Maria reveals that she cannot return to being the Lady Danu. However, as a compromise, she names Nozomi as her successor and passes down the powers Nozomi will need to fulfill her role as the next Lady Danu. With this completed, Black Maria bids Nozomi and Flynn farewell as she returns to her duties as Black Maria.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[]

Black Maria can teach Nanashi the Mediarama, Bufudyne, Ziodyne, Megidola and Dekaja skills through her Demon Whisper. She benefits from learning Ice, Electricity, healing, Almighty, ailment and support skills.

Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers[]

"A holy mother of the dark, of Christian descent. The statues in regular churches are usually of the Virgin Mary, but there exist some suspicious black statues.
They say that these statues originate in the Middle East, much like Egypt's Isis and the Phrygian Cybele."
Soul Hackers 3DS compendium

Black Maria is necessary in order to fuse Zeed into the Hero Jeanne d'Arc.

Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker[]

"A holy mother of the dark, of Christian descent. The statues in regular churches are usually of the Virgin Mary, but there exist some suspicious black statues.
It is said that these status originated in the Middle East, much like Egypt's Isis and the Phrygian Cybele."
Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker compendium

Black Maria is one of the downloadable demons in the game, and can only be fused using Remiel and Isis.

Stats[]

Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey[]

Race Alignment Level HP MP
Strength 39
Magic 47
Vitality 40
Agility 41
Luck 40
Lady Light-Chaos 64 541
308
Attack Type Physical Gun Fire Ice Electricity Wind Expel Curse Almighty
Single Foe/1/Physical/None - - - - Null Weak Null Strong -
Poison Paralyze Stone Strain Sleep Charm Mute Fear Bomb Rage
- - - - - - - - - -
Natural Skills
Ziodyne Lullaby Mediarahan
D-Source Skills
Mediarahan Lullaby Elec Amp
Password
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Shin Megami Tensei IV[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 60
Dexterity 67
Magic 87
Agility 57
Luck 81
Lady 64 348 337
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - Null Weak Null Resist
Ailment Resistance -
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Required quest Rebirth of the Lady
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Mediarahan 40 MP Fully restores party's HP. Innate
Lullaby 11 MP 70% sleep to all foes. 65
Ziodyne 14 MP Heavy elec damage to one foe. 66


Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 40
Dexterity 64
Magic 113
Agility 70
Luck 84
Lady 66 580 387
Physical Phys Gun Gun Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Light Light Dark Dark
- - - - Null Weak Resist Resist
Ailment Resistance Resist: Charm
Normal Attack Phys x1, 1 enemy
Skill Affinities Ice Ice +3 · Electricity Electricity +3 · Healing Healing +3 · Almighty Almighty +2 · Ailment Ailment +1 · Support Support +1 ·
Physical Physical -2 · Force Force -5
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Bufudyne 20 MP Heavy ice damage to one foe. Innate
Ziodyne 20 MP Heavy elec damage to one foe. Innate
Mediarama 48 MP Restores medium amount of HP to all allies. Innate
Megidola 45 MP Medium almighty damage to all foes. 67
Dekaja 30 MP Negates all stat buffs from all foes. 68


Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Summoner[]

Black Maria DS.png
Race Level HP MP St In Ma Vi Ag Lu
Lady 52 285 311 11 17 20 9 10 15
CP NOA Personality P.ATK P.HIT B.DEF AVD M.ATK M.DEF
71 1 Mild 126 93 122 95 48 52
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
- - Expel Fire, Ice -
List of Skills
Lullaby Samarecarm Recarmdra


Devil Summoner: Soul Hackers[]

Black Maria DSSH.png
Race Level HP MP St In Ma En Ag Lu
Geist 55 533 321 12 18 21 10 11 16
CP MAG Summon Personality P.ATK P.HIT B.DEF AVD M.ATK M.HIT
11 874 Calm 134 91 146 90 191 56
Reflects Absorbs Void Resists Weak
Fire, Ice, Elec - - - Physic
List of Skills
Samarecarm Recarmdra Lullaby
Eternal Slumber


Persona Q2: New Cinema Labyrinth[]

Arcana Level HP + SP + Type Extract
Priestess 83 140 47 Magic Salome's Kiss
List of Skills
Skill Cost Effect Level
Mabufudyne 52 SP Heavy Ice attack. (All enemies) Innate
Runic Shield Passive High chance to null Fire/Ice/Elec/Wind/Psy/Nuke damage to user's row. Innate
Mind Charge 22 SP Triple magic attack for next hit. Lasts 3 turns. (Self) Innate
Salome's Kiss 42 SP High chance of Magic/Strength/Agility Bind. (1 enemy) 85
Ice Turbo Passive Greatly raise Ice attack strength. 86
Null M-Bind Passive Prevent Magic Bind. 87
Mahamaon 44 SP Medium chance of instant kill. (All enemies) [Bless-based attack] 88


Devil Survivor Overclocked[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 20
Magic 26
Vitality 17
Agility 19
Megami 66 415
294
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Mystic Mystic
Affection - - Absorb Weak Resist -
Command Skills
Diarahan
Passive Skills
Ice Drain *
I am the goddess Black Maria. Pleased to meet you, young ones.
A fusion, eh...? Were you not satisfied with me?


Devil Survivor 2 Record Breaker[]

Race Level HP MP
Strength 21
Magic 29
Vitality 20
Agility 19
Megami 73 511
326
Racial / Auto Skill Physical Phys Fire Fire Ice Ice Electricity Elec Force Force Curse Curse
Goddess Grace - - Absorb Weak Resist -
Command Skills
Mediarahan
Passive Skills
Ice Drain
I am the Megami Black Maria. A pleasure to make your acquaintance.
Oh my, fusion? ...Is there something about me that you find unsatisfactory?


Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Black Maria's design is based on Jean Delville's The Idol of Perversity, a painting unrelated to the Black Madonna phenomenon.


Gods
Deity Thoth - Inti - Prometheus - Lord Nandou - Osiris - Ometeotl - Odin - Mahamayuri - Baal - Apsu - Hachiman - Vishnu
Amatsu Ame no Uzume - Take-Mikazuchi - Amaterasu - Omoikane
Megami Fortuna - Hathor - Parvati - Brigid - Scathach - Ishtar - Pallas Athena - Tlazolteotl - Anat - Izanami - Norn - Lakshmi
Nymph Apsaras - Senri - Kikuri-Hime - Sarasvati - Peri
Enigma Kanbari - Futotama - Kinmamon - Kama - Kangiten
Entity Alilat
Godly Ancient of Days
Chaos Sanat
Guardians
Fury Ares - Tonatiuh - Asura - Chernobog - Wu Kong - Beiji-Weng - Masakado - Kartikeya - Masakado's S - Susano-o - Shiva
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Okuninushi - Kushinada-Hime - Hitokoto-Nushi - Arahabaki - Oumitsunu
Kishin Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Zhong Kui - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Marici - Thor
Zealot Ogun - Dionysus - Aramisaki - Attis - Tezcatlipoca
Lady Pele - Dzelarhons - Sedna - Hariti - Diana - Asherah - Isis - Black Maria - Skadi - Xi Wangmu
Reaper Hel - Orcus - Persephone - Guedhe - Cernunnos - Ixtab - Nergal - Mot
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Pachacamac - Taotie - Alciel - Pales - Yaso Magatsuhi - Seth - Demiurge
Magica
Tyrant Aeshma - Morax - Mithras - Horkos - Samyaza - King Frost - Balor - Astaroth - Asmodeus - Belial - Loki - Abaddon - Azazel - Beelzebub - Tzitzimitl - Surt - Chi You - Lucifuge - Mara
Genma Tam Lin - Ictinike - Nata Taishi - Baldur - Frost Ace - Tlaloc - Kurama Tengu - Cu Chulainn - Kresnik - Jarilo - Hanuman - Heimdall
Yoma Centaur - Vodyanik - Agathion - Koppa Tengu - Karasu Tengu - Dis - Shiwanna - Valkyrie - Xiuhtecuhtli - Master Therion - Ganesha
Fairy Napaea - Pixie - Spriggan - Oread - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - Goblin - High Pixie - Setanta - Kelpie - Silky - Nadja - Lorelei - Vivian - Oberon - Titania - Demonee-Ho
Night Mokoi - Fomorian - Sandman - Kikimora - Incubus - Lilim - Kaiwan - Succubus - Wild Hunt - Queen Mab - Lilith - Maya
Aerials
Herald Lailah - Victor - Israfel - Kazfiel - Azrael - Sraosha - Aniel - Uriel - Mastema - Raphael - Metatron - Gabriel - Seraph - Michael
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Virtue - Dominion - Throne - Cherub
Fallen Melchom - Bifrons - Halphas - Orias - Dantalion - Ose - Nebiros - Decarabia - Mitra - Gemori - Murmur - Shax - Barbatos - Botis - Samael
Birds
Avian Hamsa - Suparna - Phoenix - Vidofnir - Thunderbird - Feng Huang - Yatagarasu - Garuda
Flight Tangata Manu - Harpy - Gu Huo Niao - Caladrius - Tuofei - Rukh - Da Peng
Raptor Fuxi - Camazotz - Moh Shuvuu - Itsumade - Zhen - Gurr - Anzu - Huoniao - Hresvelgr
Demoniacs
Jirae Dwarf - Knocker - Hua Po - Sudama - Kwancha - Tsuchigumo - Titan - Kuebiko - Tlaltecuhtli - Gogmagog
Brute Bilwis - Oni - Azumi - Momunofu - Yamawaro - Yomotsu-Ikusa - Kin-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Sui-Ki - Berserker - Yaksha - Ongyo-Ki
Femme Leanan Sidhe - Strix - Shikome - Yuki Jyorou - Medusa - Clotho - Lachesis - Atropos - Taraka - Dakini - Rangda - Kali
Jaki Lham Dearg - Gremlin - Ippon-Datara - Wendigo - Black Frost - Rakshasa - Ogre - Grendel - Girimehkala - Hekatoncheires
Dragons
Dragon Makara - Patrimpas - Gucumatz - Long - Illuyanka - Zhu Yin - Quetzalcoatl - Koga Saburo - Huang Long
Snake Naga - Nozuchi - Vouivre - Yurlungur - Gui Xian - Ouroboros - Orochi - Pendragon - Ananta
Drake Zhu Tun She - Toubyou - Bai Suzhen - Basilisk - Kingu - Mushussu - Tiamat - Niddhoggr - Ym - Fafnir - Python - Vasuki
Beasts
Avatar Shiisaa - Kamapua'a - Makami - Kaiming Shou - Chimera - Ukano Mitama - Anubis - Barong
Holy Heqet - Apis - Pabilsag - Qing Niugai - Airavata - Baihu - Sleipnir - Sphinx
Food Onmoraki - Katakirauwa - Mamedanuki - Chupacabra - Kuda - Hare of Inaba
Beast Gryphon - Stonka - Kaso - Kabuso - Inugami - Asterius - Hairy Jack - Minotaur - Nekomata - Hsing-Hsing - Dormarth - Orthrus - Ammut - Cerberus
Wilder Chagrin - Jueyuan - Raijuu - Nue - Peallaidh - Porewit - Manticore - Catoblepas - Cabracan - Taowu - Fenrir
Vegetation
Tree Daphne - Narcissus - Mayahuel - Kukunochi - Haoma - Yggdrasil
Wood Shan Xiao - Mandrake - Skogsra - Zaccoum - Alraune - Erlkonig
Evil Spirits
Ghost Strigoii - Preta - Obariyon - Mou-Ryo - Churel - Enku - Ghoul - Kudlak - Dullahan - Vetala
Spirit Dybbuk - Wicker Man - Poltergeist - Quicksilver - Macabre - Inferno - Pisaca - Legion - Garrote
Undead Zombie Cop - Corpses - Patriot - Alice
Fouls
Vermin Myrmecolion - Mothman - Ubu - Okiku-Mushi - Arachne
Foul Slime - Jack the Ripper - Hooligan - Night Stalker - Tattooed Man - Mad Gasser
Elementals
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis - Gnome - Sylph - Undine - Salamander
Humans
Fiend David - Plasma - Chemtrail - Matador - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Trumpeter - Mother Harlot
Famed Yoshitsune - Lanling Wang - Jeanne D'Arc - Hagen - Siegfried - Kanseiteikun - Rama - Tenkai - Tokisada - Michizane - Huang Di - Yamato Takeru
Enemy Only
Cyber Pluto Soldier
Human Gaea Man - Ashura Man - Ashura Woman - Gaea Woman
Undead Samurai Zombie ♂ - Samurai Zombie ♀ - Zombie
Mitama Saki Mitama - Kusi Mitama - Ara Mitama - Nigi Mitama
Gods
Deity Thoth - Inti - Prometheus - Lord Nandou - Osiris - Ometeotl - Mahamayuri - Hachiman - Baal - Apsu - Maitreya - Odin - Krishna
Amatsu Ame no Uzume - Take-Mikazuchi - Amaterasu
Megami Fortuna - Hathor - Parvati - Brigid - Scathach - Ishtar - Pallas Athena - Tlazolteotl - Anat - Norn - Lakshmi - Izanami - Cleopatra
Nymph Apsaras - Senri - Kikuri-Hime - Sarasvati - Peri
Enigma Kanbari - Futotama - Kinmamon - Kama - Kangiten
Entity Alilat
Primal Satan
Guardians
Fury Ares - Tonatiuh - Asura - Chernobog - Wu Kong - Beiji-Weng - Kartikeya - Susano-o - Shiva - Mitra-Buddha
Kunitsu Take-Minakata - Okuninushi - Sukuna-Hikona - Kushinada-Hime - Hitokoto-Nushi - Arahabaki - Oumitsunu
Kishin Zhong Kui - Zouchouten - Koumokuten - Jikokuten - Bishamonten - Marici - Thor
Zealot Ogun - Dionysus - Aramisaki - Attis - Tezcatlipoca
Lady Pele - Dzelarhons - Sedna - Hariti - Diana - Asherah - Isis - Black Maria - Skadi - Xi Wangmu - Inanna
Reaper Hel - Orcus - Persephone - Guedhe - Cernunnos - Ixtab - Nergal - Mot
Vile Baphomet - Mishaguji - Pachacamac - Taotie - Alciel - Pales - Seth - Demiurge
Magica
Tyrant Morax - Mithras - Horkos - King Frost - Balor - Loki - Abaddon - Azazel - Belial - Lucifuge - Tzitzimitl - Samyaza - Beelzebub - Surt - Chi You - Mara - Lucifer - Mephisto
Genma Tam Lin - Ictinike - Nata Taishi - Baldur - Tlaloc - Frost Ace - Kurama Tengu - Cu Chulainn - Kresnik - Jarilo - Hanuman - Heimdall
Yoma Centaur - Vodyanik - Agathion - Koppa Tengu - Karasu Tengu - Dis - Shiwanna - Valkyrie - Xiuhtecuhtli - Master Therion - Ganesha
Fairy Goblin - Nadja - Pixie - Napaea - Spriggan - Jack Frost - Pyro Jack - High Pixie - Kelpie - Setanta - Silky - Vivian - Lorelei - Oberon - Titania - Demonee-Ho
Night Fomorian - Sandman - Mokoi - Incubus - Kikimora - Lilim - Kaiwan - Succubus - Wild Hunt - Queen Mab - Maya
Aerials
Herald Lailah - Victor - Israfel - Azrael - Kazfiel - Sraosha - Aniel - Mastema - Seraph - Metatron - Merkabah
Divine Angel - Archangel - Principality - Power - Virtue - Dominion - Throne - Cherub - Angel
Fallen Decarabia - Melchom - Bifrons - Halphas - Ose - Orias - Nebiros - Dantalion - Gemori - Murmur - Adramelech - Barbatos - Shax - Botis - Samael
Birds
Avian Hamsa - Suparna - Phoenix - Vidofnir - Thunderbird - Yatagarasu - Feng Huang - Garuda
Flight Caladrius - Gu Huo Niao - Tangata Manu - Tuofei - Harpy - Rukh - Da Peng
Raptor Fuxi - Moh Shuvuu - Itsumade - Camazotz - Zhen - Gurr - Anzu - Huoniao - Hresvelgr
Demoniacs
Jirae Sudama - Dwarf - Hua Po - Knocker - Kwancha - Tsuchigumo - Titan - Tlaltecuhtli - Gogmagog
Brute Bilwis - Oni - Azumi - Momunofu - Yamawaro - Yomotsu-Ikusa - Kin-Ki - Fuu-Ki - Sui-Ki - Berserker - Yaksha - Ongyo-Ki
Femme Leanan Sidhe - Mermaid - Strix - Shikome - Yuki Jyorou - Clotho - Medusa - Lachesis - Atropos - Taraka - Dakini - Rangda - Kali
Jaki Gremlin - Ippon-Datara - Lham Dearg - Wendigo - Rakshasa - Black Frost - Ogre - Grendel - Girimehkala - Hekatoncheires
Dragons
Dragon Makara - Patrimpas - Gucumatz - Illuyanka - Zhu Yin - Long - Quetzalcoatl - Huang Long
Snake Naga - Nozuchi - Vouivre - Yurlungur - Ouroboros - Orochi - Gui Xian - Pendragon
Drake Zhu Tun She - Toubyou - Bai Suzhen - Basilisk - Kingu - Mushussu - Tiamat - Niddhoggr - Ym - Python - Fafnir - Vasuki
Beasts
Avatar Shiisaa - Kamapua'a - Makami - Kaiming Shou - Chimera - Ukano Mitama - Anubis - Barong
Holy Heqet - Apis - Pabilsag - Chironnupu - Qing Niugai - Airavata - Sleipnir - Baihu - Sphinx
Food Katakirauwa - Onmoraki - Mamedanuki - Chupacabra - Kuda - Hare of Inaba
Beast Kabuso - Kaso - Inugami - Stonka - Hairy Jack - Nekomata - Gryphon - Hsing-Hsing - Orthrus - Dormarth - Ammut - Cerberus
Wilder Porewit - Chagrin - Peallaidh - Jueyuan - Raijuu - Nue - Manticore - Catoblepas - Cabracan - Taowu - Fenrir
Vegetation
Tree Daphne - Narcissus - Mayahuel - Kukunochi - Haoma - Yggdrasil
Wood Mandrake - Shan Xiao - Skogsra - Zaccoum - Alraune - Erlkonig
Evil Spirits
Ghost Strigoii - Preta - Obariyon - Mou-Ryo - Churel - Enku - Ghoul - Kudlak - Vetala
Spirit Legion - Garrote - Dybbuk - Poltergeist - Quicksilver - Inferno - Wicker Man - Macabre - Pisaca
Undead Zombie Cop - Corpses - Patriot - Alice
Fouls
Vermin Mothman - Ubu - Myrmecolion - Okiku-Mushi - Arachne
Foul Slime - Jack the Ripper - Hooligan - Night Stalker - Tattooed Man - Mad Gasser
Elementals
Element Erthys - Aeros - Aquans - Flaemis - Gnome - Sylph - Undine - Salamander
Humans
Fiend David - Matador - White Rider - Red Rider - Black Rider - Pale Rider - Trumpeter - Mother Harlot
Famed Yoshitsune - Jeanne D'Arc - Lanling Wang - Hagen - Siegfried - Kanseiteikun - Rama - Tenkai - Tokisada - Huang Di