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Sylph

Sylph

According to magical European lore a Sylph is an elemental spirit of air. Paracelsus a Swiss metaphysician was the first to use the name Sylph in the early 16th century. The name is derived from the Latin word Silva meaning wood and the Greek word Nymphe meaning Nymph. The leader of the Sylphs is Paralda; Sylphs are invoked in magical workings where the cooperation of the winds is required.

The ballet (19th century) Les Sylphides portrays spirits of young women haunting graveyards; but perhaps they are more closely linked to Vili that Sylphs – but both have in common the association of the spirits of the air.