The Nymphai (also called Nymphê) are minor nature Goddesses, and there are many different classifications of them.
Ôkeanides (also called Ôkeanis, Ôkeaninai or Ôkeanines) were the Goddesses of Fresh-Water such as springs, and most other fresh-water Goddess groups were often considered included in their numbers.
Naiades (also called Naias, Naides or Hydriades) were also Goddesses of fresh-water though more related to rivers and ponds.
Dryades (also called Dryas) were Goddesses of Forests, Groves and Wooded Glens and had further subdivisions within them:
- Meliai- Goddesses of Ash-trees
- Oreiades- Goddesses of Mountain Conifers
- Hamadryades- Goddesses of Individual Trees
- Maliades- Goddesses of Fruit Trees
- Daphnaie- Goddesses of Laurel Trees
- Aigeiroi- Goddesses of Black Poplar Trees
- Ampeloi- Goddesses of Grape-Vines
- Balanis- Goddesses of Holly Trees
- Karyai- Goddesses of Hazel-Nut Trees
- Kraneiai- Goddesses of Cherry Trees
- Moreai- Goddesses of Mulberry Plants
- Pteleai- Goddesses of Elm Trees
- Sykei- Goddesses of Fig Trees
- Oreiades- Goddesses of Mountain Forests
- Alseides- Goddesses of Sacred Groves
- Aulonides- Goddesses of Glens
- Napaiai- Goddesses of Vales
Epimêlides (also called Epimêlis) were the Goddesses of Grassy Pastures
Leimonides- Goddesses of Water Flower Meadows
Nephelai (also called the Nephelê)- Goddesses of Clouds
Aurai (also called Aura)- The Goddesses of Cool Breezes
Asteriai- Goddesses of the Stars
Haliai ( also called Halia, Halias and Haliades) were Goddesses of the Sea. The Nêreides were counted among these.
Lampades ( aslo called Lampas)- Underworld Goddesses associated with Hekatê
Hymns to the Nymphai:
Orphic Hymn #51
Nymphs, daughters of great-hearted Okeanos, you dwell inside the earth’s damp caves,
And your paths are secret, O joyous and chthonic ones, nurses of Bacchos.
You nourish fruits and haunt meadows,
O sprightly and pure travelers of winding roads who delight in caves and grottoes.
Swift, light-footed, and clothed in dew, you frequent springs.
Visible and invisible, in the ravines and among flowers,
You shout and frisk with Pan upon mountain sides.
Gliding down on rocks, you hum with clear voice,
O mountain-haunting, sylvan maidens of fields and streams.
O sweet-smelling virgins, clad in white, fresh as the breezes,
With goat-herds, pastures and splendid fruits in your domain.
You are loved by creatures of the wild.
Tender though you are, you rejoice in cold and you give sustenance and growth to many,
O playful and water-loving Hamadryad maidens.
Dwellers of Nysa, frenzied and healing goddesses who joy in spring,
Together with Bacchos and Deo you bring grace t mortals.
With joyful hearts come to this hallowed sacrifice,
And in the seasons of growth pour streams of salubrious rain.