From Persian مازندران (mâzandarân, literally “the gate or the valley of the giants”) from Avestan mazainya- (“giant”)[script needed]. The name has been used in Shahnameh to refer to a land inhabited by divs (daevas) and sorcerers and is difficult to conquer. On the other hand, after Muslim invasion of Persia, the region of Tabaristan remained unconquered for a relatively long period of time, which was later called (and mistaken for) Mazandaran.
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