Naiads are fresh-water Nymphs. Theoret ically each spring, well, fountain, lake, pond, or river is home to at least one Naiad. Naiads also reside in areas near or dominated by water. Their name is related to a Greek verb meaning “to flow.” They are weaving spirits, indicating that they have power over fate.


The Greeks traditionally sacrificed lambs and goats to the Naiads and poured libations for them of honey, wine, and olive oil. Dolls and ex-votos in the forms of people were placed in wells and springs.

See Also:

Cymbee; Lara; Nymph; Oinone


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