Greek Mythology

The Classical Gods of Ancient Greece

MELIAE

Greek Tree Spirits

Also known as Maliades, Meliades, Meliads, Meliai, 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 Meliae 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.

Meliae Facts and Figures

Name: Meliae
Pronunciation: Coming soon
Alternative names: Maliades, Meliades, Meliads, Meliai, Melidae

Gender: Female
Type: Spirits
Celebration or Feast Day: Unknown at present

In charge of: Trees
Area of expertise: Trees

Good/Evil Rating: Unknown at present
Popularity index: 1640

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Article last revised on November 20, 2018 by the Godchecker data dwarves.
Editors: Peter J. Allen, Chas Saunders

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