Ash Tree Nymphs

Compiled By: Jaden Kostrubanic

How Ash Tree Nymphs were Formed:

Ash Tree Nymphs were created when Kronos (Cronus), the Greek God of Time, castrated his father, Ouranos. During the process, a few drops of Ouranos's blood fell upon the surface of the earth. When the drops of blood met the earth, three types of creatures were formed: the Furies, the Giants, and the Ash Tree Nymphs. It was believed that a person who drank Ash Tree Nymph blood would be connected to the God Ouranous.

Picture of a Modern Ash Tree Nymph, taken by Natalie Williams

  • Nymphs were created from Ouranos's blood when he was castrated
  • There are many kinds of nymphs, and each symbolize a certain part of nature
  • Ash Tree Nymphs are earthborn
  • Ash Tree Nymphs are female, beautiful, and youthful creatures
  • Ash Tree Nymphs are lovers of satyrs, Gods, or heroes
  • The word nymph originates from the Greek word meaning "young woman"
  • Ash Tree Nymphs (ash tree nimfs)

Their Role in Nature:

Ash Tree Nymphs, also commonly known as Meliai, were the dryads of ash trees. Their role in nature was to mother the third race, known as the Bronze race, of mankind. Earlier in our english class, we read several stories about the three races/generations of mankind. First was the Age of Gold, next was the Age of Silver, and last was the Bronze Age. The Golden Age was the time when people were happy, when everyone was peaceful, and when food was plentiful on the Earth. Then the Age of Silver came and people began fighting and weapons were introduced. Lastly, the Bronze Age emerged. People were warlike and hostile in this era; they were not as peaceful as before. Food was not as plentiful on the Earth, so people had to work harder to stay alive. So, the Bronze race refers to the warlike race of people who were eventually killed by the great floods caused by the gods. The Ash Tree Nymphs mothered these people and they were also nurses of the god Zeus, Ida, and Adrasteia. (For more information on the Bronze race, click here).

Different Types of Nymphs:

There were many kinds of nymphs that were formed, and each symbolized certain aspects of nature such as the seas, mountains, forests, rivers, meadows, etc. (See a short listing of the types of nymphs here). Each part of nature was associated with a specific type of nymph. The Ash Tree Nymphs, however, are associated with fruit trees, or more specifically ash trees. There are even different nymphs for specific types of trees, such as oak trees.

Meliai in Nature, artist is unkown
Picture of Mythological Nymph, created by Peter Henshaw

Characteristics of Nymphs:

The word "nymph" originates from the Greek word meaning "young woman." It is believed that Ash Tree Nymphs (or all nymphs in general), are female. Nymphs are depicted as being extremely beautiful and eternally youthful creatures. They are not immortal however, nymphs are just very, very long lived. A unique characteristic of Ash Tree Nymphs is that they are earthborn, unlike most other nymphs, and belong to the earliest generations of the Gods.

Modern Ash Tree Nymphs, artist is Anna Franklin

Nymphs in Art:

Nymphs became a popular subject in Greek mythology and art. People were drawn to the illusive and mystique qualities of nymphs and we often see them portrayed artistically as the companions of satyrs, or lovers of Gods, and heroes in literature, paintings, and drawings. Some more modern artists have created photographs of fictional nymphs. These female subjects have fairy-like, modern appearances and are posed in dreamlike and naturalistic settings. A few of these photos are represented in this report, but the artists are all unknown.

Fairy-Like Figure, artist is unknown

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