Sometimes you just need to escape into nature and become one with the forest. For the Dryads of Greek mythology, they took that a little literally
Sometimes you just need to escape into nature and become one with the forest. For the Dryads of Greek mythology, they took that a little literally. A Dryad is a tree spirit who was often found in the gardens of the Greek gods. While Dryad is the sort of catch-all term for these tree spirits, those who inhabit different trees go by different names. So let’s go for a Dryad roll call!
Hamadryad! These ladies are where the word “dryad” comes from and you’ll find them hanging out in an old oak tree.Meliae! These girls come from ash trees and they were the first women created by Gaia.
Oreads! These mountain-women lived in conifers and you bet they’re good at hiking!
Epimelides! These were the lassies of the fruit trees and also, for some reason, the protectors of sheep.
The captain of the Dryad squad and the OG tree girl is Daphne, who our final group of Dryads are named after - the Daphnaie - and these beauties were nymphs of the laurel trees.