Different Types of Mountain Nymphs

Different Types of Mountain Nymphs

Dryads and Oreiades are the nymphs of trees, groves and woodlands. In addition to this, they are also mountain nymphs. They are spirits of oaks and pines, ash, apple and laurel trees in general. For Hamadryades, they were born along with the birth of a new tree, to which they were tied. When the tree flourished, so did the resident nymph. However, when the tree died, so did the inhabitant.

There are several types of Dryads and mountain nymphs, which I will talk about shortly.

The Meliai. These are the nymphs of the ash-trees. They appeared when the blood of a castrated Uranus impregnated Gaia, the Mother Earth. These beautiful creatures wedded with the men of the Silver Age. This happened during the time of the first woman on earth, and from there, all of mankind came into being.

 The Oreiades. They are the nymphs of the mountain conifers. The eldest types of Oreiades were the daughters of the five Daktyloi and five Hekaterides. The subsequent generations all came from these older ones, along with their brothers, the Satyrs.

A little bit of trivia. In ancient Greece, the majority of the forests were on the sloped of hills as well as in the mountains. The lower forest plains had all been cleared for farming purposes. Therefore, Greeks thought of the Dryads as mountain-dwellers, since that is where one could find the majority of forests.

Different Types of Mountain NymphsDifferent Types of Mountain Nymphs

 The Hamadryades. They are the nymphs of oaks and poplar trees. These nymphs were usually in connection with river-side trees and sacred groves.

The Maliades are the nymphs of apple trees as well as other types of fruit trees. In addition to this, they are also the protectors of sheep. The Greek name melas means both apple and sheep.

The Daphnaie. This last type of mountain nymphs is very rare, them being the nymphs of the laurel trees.

All of these beautiful creatures are guardians of trees and protect them from harm. A person could suffer severe consequences if he dared harm a tree, in fear of harming the nymph residing there.

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