Ice Age - Naked Water Sprite

In Swedish folklore Nature was animated by spirits.
They were not hostile, but could be tricky and
dangerous… You needed to be cautious and respectful
and not allow yourself to be allured…into their world…
“Näcken” was a water spirit who lived in running waters.
Folk musicians were thought of as his apprentices,
and violinists especially were considered the instruments
of the Devil in Christian times…they inspired dancing
and sex between men and women not married…
Children and women were warned not to get too
close to these waters or he might enchant them and
pull them down to his realm…

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You can find an image to illustrate “Näcken” here

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water, waterfall, music, sweden, cold, naked, ice, stream, brook, enchanting, sprite, mythology, folklore

I am a nature lover and an amateur photographer.
Nature is my main inspiration.Snow and ice, birds and water keep attracting my eye. So do trees amd flowers.
I am also interested in myth and history, especially the history of women, the `herstory´. I love to travel and to visit archeological sites and beautiful landscapes.
I use a compact camera, Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28

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Comments

  • riverotter
    riverotterover 5 years ago

    I love to read your writings dear Helua! Thanks for sharing such important history with us!

  • I thought you would enjoy this!! Thanks dear Em, for sharing this interest with me!! xxx

    – HELUA

  • David A. Everitt (aka silverstrummer)
    David A. Everi...over 5 years ago

    Love this HELUA – A great story for all and a notable piece of history too! – David

  • A belated THANKS to you David!! I`m delighted that you like this presentation of Nordic myth!:)

    – HELUA

  • izzybeth
    izzybethover 3 years ago

    Interesting. Pan too, a woodland creature, played beautiful music with his pipes, and he was also known to wrecked havoc at times!

  • Yes, you are right, Pan and Näcken are related, for sure!! Great comment, Izzybeth!!xxx

    – HELUA

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