Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 34 - Water Nymphs

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Realms of Fantasy and Myth: Week 34 - Water Nymphs

Welcome to the thirty-forth issue of my weekly news article!  I hope you enjoy it, and please, show the featured artists some love and recognition through pageviews, :+fav:'s and :+devwatch:'s!
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This week's creature feature is: Water Nymphs

Note: This week's feature covers a VERY broad term. Included here are Naiads, Undine, The Lady of the Lake, and several different kinds of other, less specific water dwellers.  For simplicity's sake, I think it's fairly safe to refer to them all as various kinds of Water Nymphs (just as house cats, tigers, ocelots and lions are all kinds of "cats").


From Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nymph en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_ny… and en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ondine_(… :

Nymphs are personifications of the creative and fostering activities of nature, most often identified with the life-giving outflow of springs.  The Greek word νύμφη has "bride" and "veiled" among its meanings: hence a marriageable young woman.
In Greek mythology, the Naiads or Naiades were a type of nymph who presided over fountains, wells, springs, streams, and brooks.  Naiads were associated with fresh water, as the Oceanids were with saltwater and the Nereids specifically with the Mediterranean, but because the Greeks thought of the world's waters as all one system, which percolated in from the sea in deep cavernous spaces within the earth, there was some overlap.
The essence of a naiad was bound to her spring, so if a naiad's body of water dried, she died.  Naiads could be dangerous: Hylas of the Argo's crew was lost when he was taken by naiads fascinated by his beauty. The naiads were also known to exhibit jealous tendencies. Theocritus's story of naiad jealousy was that of a shepherd, Daphnis, who was the lover of Nomia; Daphnis had on several occasions been unfaithful to Nomia and as revenge she permanently blinded him.
Ondines or undines are elementals, enumerated as the water elementals in works of alchemy by Paracelsus. They also appear in European folklore as fairy-like creatures; the name may be used interchangeably with those of other water spirits. Undines are said to be able to gain a soul by marrying a man and bearing his child.  They are usually found in forest pools and waterfalls. They have beautiful voices, which are sometimes heard over the sound of water.  In 18th century Scotland, undines were also referred to as the wraiths of water. Even then, they were not feared as other wraiths.



Now, for the features!  Works are featured from various categories, in no particular order:


The Naiads by ClintCearley Lady of the lake by oloferla Nimue by Dianae Viviane, Sword from the Lake by DeDorgoth Commission: Naiad by bluesaga331 Naiad Amidst Waterfall by HoiHoiSan
Nimue - Lady Of The Lake by Raipun Undine by Pigeon-Capsule Undine by Sleetwealth Undine by MeredithDillman :thumb65727828: Rusalka by olczynski
:thumb71998819: The Lady of the Lake by MeredithDillman :thumb153598235: Ondine by Lithium31 Virgin Blossoms : Water Lily by rinaswan Pymphie by hippiegothelfe
- Nymph - by dark-spider water nymph by Marubad Undine by moonbaydesigns :thumb63124265: waterfall by soli-deo-gloria Water Nymph by Kiraneko Nymph by Catjuschka
Lady of the Lake by davinciscousin The Naiad by thebadkitty :thumb36938888: Nimue by bravelittleraven :thumb115507686: Undine Waltz by nomichi
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Mature Content

Undine by LilithielGames
Undine by Nephtis Nymphe des grottes by louly :thumb64588415: Undine by Behana
:thumb115257798: The Sea Nymph by Victoria-Bane Lady of the Lake by lilok-lilok Undine by ArtOfTheMystic Undine Outfit by Elvina-Ewing nymph by schmoedraws
Nymph of Fountains by lexisss :thumb114010542: Water Nimph by Mistress-Jaeden Commission : Voice Of Undine by kaskianioh Lady of the Lake by KellyMorgenJewelry Lake Naiad by minties
Viviane of the Lake by sousakuteki Nymph by TheBugaj Nimue by Sleetwealth Rusalka by Kaelycea Undine -COMPLETE- by wolfrun0
:thumb100747971: :thumb83147009: Tuersarine by samcook76 :thumb81939133: Water Nymph by morgenland
:thumb168108758: Viviane, the lady of the lake by delfee water nymph by AvantFae The Nymph by Iridescence-art Sea Nymph by anotherwanderer :thumb125695993:



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~Arah :heart:


Previous Issues:
Week 1 - Unicorns: news.deviantart.com/article/78…
Week 2 - Merfolk: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 3 - Eastern Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/79…
Week 4 - Kitsune: news.deviantart.com/article/80…
Week 5 - Alicorn: news.deviantart.com/article/81…
Week 6 - Gnomes: news.deviantart.com/article/82…
Week 7 - Tanuki: news.deviantart.com/article/83…
Week 8 - Centaurs: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 9 - Special Edition: news.deviantart.com/article/84…
Week 10 - Orcs: news.deviantart.com/article/85…
Week 11 - Dryad: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 12 - Halflings: news.deviantart.com/article/87…
Week 13 - Elves: news.deviantart.com/article/88…
Week 14 - Faeries: news.deviantart.com/article/92…
Week 15 - Vampires: news.deviantart.com/article/93…
Week 16 - Sphinx: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 17 - Griffin: news.deviantart.com/article/94…
Week 18 - Phoenix:  news.deviantart.com/article/95…
Week 19 - Djinn: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 20 - Werewolves: news.deviantart.com/article/97…
Week 21 - Selkie: news.deviantart.com/article/98…
Week 22 - Gargoyles: news.deviantart.com/article/99…
Week 23 - Western Dragons: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 24 - Drow: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 25 - Yeti: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 26 - Kirin: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 27 - Satyr: news.deviantart.com/article/10…
Week 28 - Hippocampus: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 29 - Manticore: news.deviantart.com/article/11…
Week 30 - Leprechauns: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 31 - Pegasus: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 32 - Lamia: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
Week 33 - Kelpie: news.deviantart.com/article/12…
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Behana's avatar
Thank you so much for featuring me. Stunning article!