Ancient History Investigation. How Has the Nymph Permeated Modern Society?

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The nymph, in classical mythology, is most broadly defined as voluptuously beautiful young maidens that are minor goddesses of nature, typically associated with a particular areas, location or landform. ‘The illustrated dictionary of mythology’ Phillip Wilkinson, describes the nymphs as often ‘Having one divine parent,’ and being ‘associated with the country side.’ Nymphs are commonly regarded as creatures of the ancient society however the ancient Greek belief in nymphs has supposedly survived in many parts of the country into the early years of the 20’Th century, where they had come to be known as Nereids. It is not just Greece however where the belief in nymphs is still practiced, as well as the representation and reinterpretations, and appropriations of these beautiful maidens. They have survived the years, some being included in the modern religions, others being used as objects of entertainment.

The worship of the nymph was very important to ancient Greek religion, and was so loved that it survived the conversion to Christianity, being one major feature of ancient religion still practiced up to recent times. [11] In modern rural Greece they have come to be known, as ‘Nereids’ but the myths and practices have stayed relatively unchanged over the centuries. Tales are still told of males being abducted and offerings are still made at wells and rivers. However, in the Modern Greek setting, there is a strong overlay of the Christian sexual mores in the stories of the Nereids. Historian ‘Jennifer Larson’, in her book ‘GREEK NYMPHS myth, cult, lore’, [2] has stated that the nymph legends, like the Nereids, are stories of morale. There are no archaeological finds or...