A to Z Challenge!

Welcome to the A to Z Challenge! Today’s letter is H…

Legendary Creatures

hamadryadA hamadryad (/hæməˈdraɪ.æd/; Greek: Ἁμαδρυάδες, Hamadryádes) is a Greek mythological being that lives in trees. They are a particular type of dryad, which in turn are a particular type of nymph. Hamadryads are born bonded to a particular tree. Some believe that hamadryads are the actual tree, while normal dryads are simply the entities, or spirits, of the trees. If the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For that reason, dryads and the gods punished any mortals who harmed trees. The Deipnosophistae of Athenaeus lists eight Hamadryads, the daughters of Oxylus and Hamadryas:

 

Karya (Walnut or Hazelnut)
Balanos (Oak)
Kraneia (Dogwood)
Morea (Mulberry)
Aigeiros (Black Poplar)
Ptelea (Elm)
Ampelos (Vines, especially Vitis)
Syke (Fig)

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About diannehartsock

Author of paranormal/suspense, fantasy/adventure, m/m romance and anything else that comes to mind. Oh, and a floral designer.
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3 Responses to A to Z Challenge!

  1. I find mythology fascinating, and very much enjoyed reading this. Even in those days, they knew better than to harm trees, as the story goes.
    Silvia @
    SilviaWrites

  2. Yet another reason to be a tree hugger!

  3. Pingback: A to Z Challenge Week 2 Round-up! #AtoZChallenge | Authors Without Genres

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