The Nymphai

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.

 

 

 

 

soaked-grass said:

hi ^ . ^ oh my you like jazz?! ^o^

I love it! ♥
1. First impression: well I liked your blog background a lot! though I remember thinkin your theme was really hard to navigate, haha. and then me and harry looked at ur face and we were like WOAH!!

2. Truth is: you are definitely a little water nymph!

3. How old do you look: hmm 18 or so I’d say?

4. Have you ever made me laugh: yes I think so, though I havent been following you long!

5. Have you ever made me mad: not a bit!

6. Best feature: oh well your hair is very beautiful! though I think your eyes are lovely and sparkly too! I like your softness

7. Have I ever had a crush on you: noo *_* but I would definitely stroke your lovely hair

8. You’re my: new friend maybe??

GODS AND MONSTERS • anthousai (greek)

(n.)divine spirits who animate nature, in the form of flowers.

Commonly referred to as ‘meadow’ nymphs, the Anthousai are defenders of flowers. Charged with the power of florakinesis, their role in nature is to protect these beings, as they are uncapable of doing so themselves. If needed, they will interfere with a flower’s DNA and manipulate it, causing it to grow or bloom, mutate, or even die. Anthousai can also revive the withered and create new life from the bones of dead flowers. They are often mistaken for other forms of nymph, including Okeanides, Naiades, Epimelides and Leimonides.

They are considered to be ‘rare’ among nymphs and that is because they never stay in one place too long. They can be found dwelling among many locations, including mountains, rivers, trees and valleys. Anthousai prefer to live in warm climates, where flowers can live in high abundance. As such, once a life cycle is completed, they’ll move on.

Like many of their kind, they are usually depicted as young, beautiful women. What distincts them from their counterparts is their hair: standard locks are replaced for hyacinth flowers, which grow from their scalp and reach to their knees. Hyacinth bulbs contain oxalic acid and are therefore poisonous. Touching an anthousai’s hair can cause skin irritation and if a meadow nymph feels threatened, it becomes their line of defense.

Although they cannot die of old age nor illness, and could give birth to fully immortal children, Anthousai themselves are not necessarily immortal. They can be beholden to death in various forms, although the specifics are currently unknown. 

got my blood drawn today teehee
my vein hides so i always get stabbed around fifteen times before it’s found
so it always turns into an interesting, colorful bruise. posted it last time. c;

i go to school and twirl my hair and curtsy to everyone that i make eye contact with lately i hear things from new friends such as “you look so fragile and sensitive” and “you seem like a girl that hates mud and loves hugs and bows”
then i go home and look at the gore tag and play with dirt and listen to my old friends complain about me never being emotional enough for them an stuff how different

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