Nymphomania and the charm of the concealed

May 18, 2020

The image of the nymph

The beauty and the charm of the hidden have occupied us in culture, art and traditions since time immemorial. This attraction, which in the old beliefs was and is a variety of the gods or, better, the goddesses and nature spirits, also leads us to the term »nymphomania«, which is still very well known today.

Nymphomania – a word that already has its mystical origin. an expression of irrepressible desire, the strong erotic attraction comes from the eponymous nature goddesses of antiquity, the nymphs.

Nymphs, companions of the Olympic gods we know, of exquisite beauty and yet so close to people. The quiet is their own, even if dancing, singing and ensnaring mortals and immortals is their daily work.

The symbolism of the nymphs is diverse. It particularly covers the areas of fertility and sexuality. For example, Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita” stems from the expression “Nymphchen” for a type of precocious girl whom the protagonist finds sexually attractive.

The word “nymph” is also used in some cultures for symbols of the female genitalia such as lotus flowers, white water lilies and certain snails. However, you shouldn’t fall in love with a water nymph. She is passionate about flirting and rarely means business. Broken hearts adorn her almost 10,000 year long life. An echo has been preserved in popular belief in mermaids, namely the pernicious quality of dragging their darlings down into the damp depths:

“Suddenly the water lilies trembled in the still pond. The water rippled and hit the wall gently. The lizard scurried away. Bormus stared into the water, captured by the magic that suddenly surrounded the place. In the midst of the water lilies a woman appeared, infinitely seductive and infinitely mysterious. Her skin was lighter than the petals; her eyes shimmered green like the leaves. Dark hair, tied with garlands of leaves, flowed over her damp, shiny shoulders into the water. She raised a hand and Bormus leaned toward her. But then he hesitated and backed away.

The woman smiled dreamily, shook her head and waved, and the young man’s eyes darkened with desire. He stretched out his arms.

The moment his fingertips touched the water, the woman gripped his wrist in an iron grip. Sharp little nails bored into his flesh, and the slender arm pulled Bormus relentlessly into the water, down into the world below, where the water spirits still reigned and humans could not breathe. “

Enchanted worlds, water spirits

Unfortunately, many people associate stupidity with man, i.e. nymphomania, with those characteristics that are hardly or not at all to be found in this word. Because just as Rembrandt shows us a much more subtle, almost shy and yet passionate scene in Diana’s bathroom, flirting and dancing with a nymph is also an exuberant game that starts slowly with small waves and only ends like one roaring wave breaks over the dancer.

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