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Thousands of years ago, mythological stories gave nature spirits the fanciful name of nymph. The term nymph is a very broad umbrella for a large group of young women, but the word and the image it conjures has survived thousands of years and is still tossed around today.

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What is a Nymph?

According to the original mythology (Greek with a smattering of Roman for the mythology buffs out there), nymphs are the physical representation and spirit behind various aspects of nature. There are water nymphs, and flower nymphs, and tree nymphs, and meadow nymphs, and the list just keeps going.

There is some debate about whether these nymphs always fell into the above categories, but most scholars think the ancient folk simply called them nymphs and were done with it. The people that came along later made up categories such as Naiads, or freshwater nymphs, and Nereids, sea nymphs, to suit their purposes.

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What do Nymphs Look Like?

There isn't an exact answer to this question. Nymphs are shown many ways throughout art and mythology, but most often, they are beautiful, high-spirited young women. Occasionally, nymphs might be represented with a sort of camouflaged appearance heavily covered the piece of nature they represent.

For example, a wood nymph might have something of a green, barky appearance, but the most classical depiction is simply of flirtatious, beautiful young women much like you and me. Try your hand at designing a modern nymph here on The Doll Palace.

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What do Nymphs Wear?

In many cases, Nymphs don't actually wear much of anything, but in more modest depictions, they wear the traditional outfits of their time. Many nymphs wear loose fitting cloth robes, or chitons, with their long hair loose and flowing. Others simply stay modest in well-draped pieces of material. Dress up any doll to resemble a nymph, it's simply a matter of style.

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What do Nymphs Do?

The oldest nymphs stayed bound to their aspect of nature, sometime so closely that if a tree died, the nymph associated with the tree died, too. That is not to say that the nymph was inside the tree. In fact, the nymphs needed to be unrestrained physically because they also spent a great deal of time escaping the romantic attention of certain satyrs like Pan, and gods such as Zeus and Dionysus.

Nymphs are flirtatious vixens, and are highly desirable by many of the ancient Greek males. Many nymphs consorted with and had children with gods, and those children became some of the Greek heroes such as Achilles. While some nymphs are immortal, others only live very long lives.

Is a Nymph…?

A Mermaid? No. Mermaids came along about 2000 years after nymphs, and mermaids most closely resemble Sirens in vocal stylings – although the original Sirens were vultures with women's heads.

An Elf? No. Elves aren't even in the same genre. Nymphs are nature spirits much like elves, but nymphs are considerably older and less fantastical.

A Goddess? Kind of. Some myths use nymphs and minor goddesses interchangeably, but nymphs should never be confused with the major goddesses like Aphrodite and Artemis. In fact, nymphs are often these goddesses' ladies in waiting or servants.

Real? You be the judge. Mythology, as we know it today, was a heavily practiced religion for thousands of years. They sure believed it back then….


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Silver_Wolf_Ki

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 1, 2006
*sorry to double post* Jessica did not make this up, Nymphs are mythological creatures. They are mentioned in the Chronicles of Narnia(just one example) just so you know she didn't make this up.
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Silver_Wolf_Ki

23/Female
Canada
Posted On: October 1, 2006
No, STIN, they are not bugs as you surely realized from the article. However, I'm certain there is a bug that is named something similar.
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likealot

21/Female
Gainesville, GA
Posted On: October 1, 2006
I liked that.Cool article.

And to answer K_Gal_P's question,no,Nymphs don't have wings.
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babyangeldrago

23/Female
Netherlands, The
Posted On: October 1, 2006
i really like nymps

i think they are, like a lot of other mystical creatures... even if they don't excist at the earth, they will always excist in our hearts
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Fusion_Angel

22/Female
De Leon Springs, FL
Posted On: September 30, 2006
Number one!
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Luinloth

21/Female
Akron, NY
Posted On: September 30, 2006
Fun. I love Greek Mythology. Who ever said it was Goddess crud, it isn't. This is HISTORY, man. HISTORY.
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Knewgirl

22/Female
New Zealand
Posted On: September 30, 2006
i love this stuff and i was wondering if you could do a article about the greek goddess you mentionded and others such as hera? and also another little fact about nymphs is that some times they do not take a pyshical form when you see them they sometimes just appair as a figure in the type of natural eliment that the repristn of you see aface in is of you hear a voice on the wind and also another way is they kind of take physical form is if it is a tree nymph of flower nymph they will have there figure outlined my flower peatals of leaves oh well i love these articals sooo much ^.^ ^_^
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Original_scree

22/Female
Zionsville, IN
Posted On: September 29, 2006
^_^ Greek Mythology is so awesome. Thanks for taking the time to research all these fantastic beings, Jessica! You do a great job on it.

--Orii
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girlygirl890

19/Female
FL
Posted On: September 29, 2006
i belive you on the mythical thing because dont people know that unicorns live in australia!!! lol
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Xiaolin_Showdo

21/Female
AZ
Posted On: September 29, 2006
Nymphs are very interesting!!
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bunnypixie

106/Female
Galt, CA
Posted On: September 29, 2006
Nymph's are an interseing creature's! I know cause I am one or rather have be called one!
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blubbernugget1

20/Female
Boca Raton, FL
Posted On: September 29, 2006
same here. hi. bye.
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tell_the_truth

21/Female
Australia
Posted On: September 29, 2006
I hav read a book with nymphd in it and they say they are beautiful trees that can move and speak but they can be easily killed
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