GREEK MYTHOLOGY

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

MELIADS

Greek Tree Spirits

Also known as MALIADES, MELIAI, MELIADES, MELIDAE

Woodland Nymphs of Ash Trees

Possibly also NYMPHS of Fruit Trees. These are DRYADS with an air of mystery. Most legends state that they sprang up as ash trees from GAIA’s fertile soil after it was pollinated by drops of blood from the recently liberated testicles of URANUS. Sounds perfectly reasonable to us.

However, there is a little confusion over the kind of trees involved. Some sources claim the MELIADS are spirits of ash trees, while others see them in a more fruity light — with apple being a favorite candidate. Not to mention date.

To add to the confusion, flocks of sheep appear to have wandered into the story as well. See EPIMELIADS.

MELIADS FACTS AND FIGURES

Name : MELIADS
Location : Ancient Greece
Gender : Female
Type : spiritual being
In charge of : Trees
Celebration or Feast Day : Unknown at present
Good/Evil Rating : Unknown at present
Pronunciation : Coming soon
Alternative names : MALIADES, MELIAI, MELIADES, MELIDAE
Popularity index : 11694

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Article last updated on 02 October 2013 by Rowan Allen.

Editors: Peter J Allen, Chas Saunders

References: Coming soon.

Cite this article:

Saunders, Chas, and Peter J. Allen, eds. "MELIADS: Spirits of Trees from Greek mythology." Godchecker. Godchecker/CID, 02 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 July 2014.

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