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Driads - Mythical Creatures and Beasts Dryads are tree nymphs in Greek mythology. In Greek drys signifies 'oak,' from an Indo-European root *derew(o)- 'tree' or 'wood'. Thus dryads are specifically the nymphs of oak trees, though the term has come to be used for all tree nymphs in general. "Such deities are very much overshadowed by the divine figures defined through poetry and cult," Walter Burkert remarked of Greek nature deities (Burkert 1986, p174). Normally considered to be very shy creatures, except around the goddess Artemis who was known to be a friend to most nymphs. Dryads, like all nymphs, were supernaturally long-lived and tied to their homes, but some were a step beyond most nymphs. These were the hamadryads who were an integral part of their trees, such that if the tree died, the hamadryad associated with it died as well. For these reasons, dryads and the Greek gods punished any mortals who harmed trees without first propitiating the tree-nymphs


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Anonymous i love greek 1 Dec 17 2012, 12:29 PM EST by LadyGuinnMaryaMartin
 
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i so love greek mythology
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Anonymous dryads 0 Nov 7 2012, 1:17 PM EST by Anonymous
 
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i know about dryads to and this is all true besides that the dryads can go eny they want to and look at www.mythswiki,com they have a bit more infor mation
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Anonymous I KNOW ABOUT DRYADS 0 Apr 12 2011, 11:55 AM EDT by Anonymous
 
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Dryads are not always tied to there home.And if there tree gets cut down they lose there powers.
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