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Nymphs

Nymphs, the Goddesses of Nature



The Nymphs were young goddesses of Nature-the sea, the land and the woods




Who were the Nymphs?

The Nymphs were the daughters of Zeus, the King of the gods. They dwelt in beautiful groves and lived near springs, in mountains through which rivers flowed, and in forests.




What kinds of nymphs were there?

In Greek mythology there were Celestial Nymphs, Sea Nymphs, Land Nymphs, Wood Nymphs and Underworld Nymphs.




The Role of the Nymphs

'The Water Nymph'. A painting by John Maler Collier (1923)Because of their close association with water, a fertilizing element, the nymphs were worshipped as demons of fertility and vegetation. The nymphs protected plants and animals and also played the role of wet nurses, occasionally raising humans.




The Daily Life of the Nymphs

The nymphs joined the Greek gods Artemis and Apollo and played with them, but also with Acheloos, the river god. Above all, however, the nymphs liked to play with Hermes, the messenger of the gods, and his son, the Satyr Pan.




trivia about the nymphs According to the Odyssey, the ancient Greeks also used the word 'Nymph' to describe a mortal woman who had recently been married.




Famous Nymphs in Greek Mythology
Greek Mythology-Callisto

Callisto

the companion of Artemis
Greek Mythology-Calypso

Calypso

the capturer of Odysseus
Greek Mythology-Daphne

Daphne

the personification of the laurel tree
Greek Mythology-Echo

Echo

the Nymph of steady reply
Greek Mythology-Io

Io

the priestess of Hera in Argos
Greek Mythology-Pitys

Pitys

the personification of the pine
Greek Mythology-Syrinx

Syrinx

the Inspiration for Melody



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