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Post  AgathonZante on Tue Jan 06, 2015 3:20 pm

Correct me if I am wrong, but a Greek Divinity is not necessarily specifically a God, Spirit or Hero. A Divinity can also apply to a Nymph or other Divine Being of Greek religion.
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Post  DavidMcCann on Tue Jan 06, 2015 8:18 pm

Both literature and archeology show that country people in Greece worshiped nymphs, and river gods too. Some people devoted a great deal of effort into making improvements for access to caves sacred to the nymphs, cutting steps, &c. There's a very good book on the subject:
Greek nymphs : myth, cult, lore / Jennifer Larson. Oxford, 2001.

Many country people in Greece still believe in the nymphs. The church has painted them as evil, but some farmers seek their favour.

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Post  AgathonZante on Wed Jan 07, 2015 12:49 am

I guess what I'm asking is whether a Nymph is considered to be a God, Spirit or simply a "Divinity?"
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Post  Erodius on Wed Jan 07, 2015 7:06 pm

It'd be rather unusual to call a nymph a god – a daemon or spirit, perhaps, but not a god in the fullest sense.

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Re: A Divinity All Its Own

Post  AgathonZante on Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:30 am

So would it be best to call a Nymph simply a "Divinity?"
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Post  Erodius on Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:11 am

You could say that. 'Divinity' is just a generic word for any kind of divine force.

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Re: A Divinity All Its Own

Post  AgathonZante on Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:14 pm

Couldn't Nymphs also fall under the category of Spirits?
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Post  Erodius on Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:50 pm

Certainly.

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