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              30th April,2004

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        Nymphs & Spirits  

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                                Nymphs and Spirits are usually spirits that protect or are the nature things, such as flowers and trees.

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                       Nymphs  | female mature spirits that protect and are nature beings, such as lily and cloud (Nephele)

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                   Nereids  | the 50 daughters of Nereus, the Sea God ; they are the sea nymphs

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                                Nymphs are famous in many legends.  For example, the famous Trojan War and the story concerned of the Fleece of Gold.  In the Trojan War, Paris, who stole Helen the fairest woman afterwards, loved and was loved by a wood nymph, Oenone.  When Paris died and people put him on a funeral fire, Oenone covered herself with a veil and ran into the fire.  The other nymph planted two roses trees there, and their branches met and plaited together.

                               The story that concerned of the Fleece of Gold being with the lonely King Athamas, who ruled a country beside the Grecian Sea.  King Athamas was a young man and was unmarried because he thought that none of the princesses, who lived, was beautiful enough to be his wife.  Then, one day by chance he saw three maidens bathing in the pool and fell in love with one of them.  However, when they saw him, they immediately flew away.  King Athamas then tried to find the one he loved and told her how much he loved her, but he could not find her any more.  Therefore, he gave a sacrifice to the Goddess of Love and Beauty, Aphrodite, for advice.  Aphrodite told him how to find the three maidens again and prevent the one he loved from flying away.  He followed the advice and got Nephele, which means a cloud, to be his wife.  They lived happily and had two children, a boy called Phrixus, and a daughter named Helle.  Hermes, the God of Merchants, gave their children a beautiful pet, a Ram with a Fleece of Gold.

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