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.
In Greek mythology there were Celestial Nymphs, Sea Nymphs, Land Nymphs, Wood Nymphs and Underworld Nymphs.
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 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.
According to the Odyssey, the ancient Greeks also used the word 'Nymph' to describe a mortal woman who had recently been married.
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