Nymphs
Nymphs

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Too Much Sex?
Rio Nymphs
Manly Beauty
Beauty Forever
Taking joy in living is a woman's best cosmetic.  ~Rosalind Russell
"Beauty is worse than wine; it intoxicates both the holder and the beholder"
Aldous Huxley
Maenads
Ariadne
"Full nakedness! All my joys are due to thee,
As souls unbodied, bodies unclothed must be,
To taste whole joys."

John Donne, "To His Mistress Going to Bed" (1669)
Springtime for
SEX & GOD
nymphs frolicking at the Zorbacchus Rite of Spring

"The secret passion of the erotic is that it puts us in touch with our animal nature."
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"Beauty is our weapon against nature; by it we
make objects, giving them limit, symmetry,
proportion. Beauty halts and freezes the melting
flux of nature.
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~Camille Paglia
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 Mercury[Hermes] Confiding The Infant Bacchus To The Nymphs of Nysa

Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Dionysus was reared by the nymphs on Mt. Nysa, where he invented the art of wine making. Nymphs signify the inherent beauty and mystery of nature which pierces the heart without regard to what the mind tells you. As we grow old, beauty is perceived with an inward sense which feels like love, a light in the heart. Beauty is a reflection of eternity, a primeval phenomenon, capable of stirring great things.

NYMPHS are female spirits of nature. Nymphs often accompanied various gods and goddesses, and were the frequent target of lusty satyrs. The name "nymph" comes from the Greek word that means "young Download  woman", and so naturally these beings were considered to be female. Indeed, they were represented as lovely and eternally youthful creatures. although not all were considered immortal. In Greek mythology, a nymph is any member of a large class of female nature spirits, sometimes bound to a particular location or landform.

The wood-nymphs, Pan's partners in the dance, were but one class of nymphs. There were besides them the Naiads, who presided over brooks and fountains, the Oreads, nymphs of mountains and grottos, and the Nereids, sea-nymphs. The three last named were immortal, but the wood-nymphs, called Dryads or Hamadryads, were believed to perish should the trees of the forest disappear.

The Naiad was intimately connected to her body of water and her very existence seems to have depended on it. If a stream dried up, its Naiad expired. The waters over which Naiads presided were thought to be endowed with inspirational, medicinal, or prophetic powers. Whoever drank of these magical waters would be inspired, thus the Naiads were themselves considered prophetic and were frequently worshipped by the ancient Greeks in association with divinities of fertility and growth. Hence all persons in a state of rupture, such as madmen, poets, seers and prophets, were said to be caught by the Nymphs.  There were 5 types of Naiades:

  • Pegaiai, the Nymphs of Springs

  • Krinaia, the Nymphs of Fountains

  • Potameides, the Nymphs of Rivers and Streams

  • Limnades or Limnatides, the Nymphs of Lakes

  • Eleionomai, the Nymphs of Marshes

Among the Roman literate class nymphs were as restricted almost exclusively as divinities of the watery element.


Bacchus and the Choir of Nymphs, John Reinhard Weguelin http://www.artmagick.com/paintings/painting3533.aspx

Nymphs, Nymphomania and Sex
Most of the dominant religions in the world today are sex-negative, preaching the suppression of the sexual urge or the channeling of that urge into socially-acceptable forms. This was not the case for the Greeks and Romans nor the be many nature religions which preceded them.

The word nymphomania is a combination of nymph and mania which means frenzy or madness, and has been used to refer to a woman who enjoys more recreational sex than the average male. The term as a mental disorder has been replaced by "sex addict." Yet the question still remains, how much is too much? The medical profession has weighed in with a muted more is better.
Studies have shown that having regular and enthusiastic sex confers a host of measurable physiological advantages, be you male or female. Besides sex being great exercise, regular sex makes you less subject to depression, gives relief from pain, less prone to colds and flu, better bladder control, and even better teeth. For women, in fact it is hard to have too much sex. For men now that Viagra and Levitra have given men more staying power there may be risks to not knowing when to stop.
Of course, there are many other good reasons to avoid casual sex. Disease risks of unprotected sex or the psychological price of rejection by a lover who only wanted your body lead the list, Dionysus main enemy is the wrath of a vengeful Hera who will not forget her husband's suitors. Underage sex can scar the victim for life and ruin your life in many ways. Dionysus; maenads approach sex from a direction which most would
ultimately find more fulfilling. Still, if its Carnaval time, and the circumstances are provident, it is the time to let desire rule.


Greek Worship of Manly Beauty
Faun from Pompeii Italy preserved by Mount Vesuvius in 79 CE. Visit  Priapus, the fertility god in our erotic museum

"The Greek Worship of Manly Beauty.--The Greek worship of the beautiful masculine form is something which the later world will never understand. In this worship there is too often a coarseness, a sensual dross, over which a veil is wisely cast. but the great fact of this worship remains: to the vast majority of Greeks "beauty" does not imply a delicate maid clad in snowy drapery; it implies a perfectly shaped, bronzed, and developed youth, standing forth in his undraped manhood for some hard athletic battle. The ideal possess the national life, and effects the entire Greek civilization Not beauty in innocent weakness, but beauty in resourceful strength--before this beauty men bow down."
William Stearns Davis A Day In Old Athens

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Charles Joseph Frédéric Soulacroix 

(French) (1825-1879)

Organized Around the Idea of Beauty
We should not have to apologize for reveling in beauty. Beauty is an eternal human value. It was not a trick invented by nasty men in a room  someplace on Madison Avenue. I say in Sexual Personae that it was invented in Egypt. ForDownload 3,000 years at the height of African civilization you had a culture based on beauty. We have two major cultures in the world today, France and Japan, organized around the idea of beauty.
~Camille Paglia speaking extemporaneous on
Crisis In The American Universities

September 19, 1991 at M.I.T. in Cambridge, Massachusetts

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong. ~BuckminsterDownload Fuller:


Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. ~Kahlil Gibran:


Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty - they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.  ~Martin Buxbaum


 
John Keats:


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 "The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives."
Albert Einstein
We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes.

Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything that is beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting--a wayside sacrament. Welcome it in every fair face, in every fair sky, in every fair flower, and thank God for it as a cup of blessing.


We ascribe beauty to that which is simple; which has no superfluous parts; which exactly answers its end; which stands related to all things; which is the mean of many extremes. 


Love of beauty is Taste. The creation of beauty is Art."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One of America's greatest thinkers whose philosophy of listening quietly for Beauty, Truth, Goodness is called Transcendentalism was closely associated with Thoreau and Hawthorne (Story of King Midas) and inspired Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass
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 "Beauty is not caused. It is."
Emily Dickenson

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There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion."
Francis Bacon Sr.
 "Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder"
Kinky Friedman  (American Singer, Song Writer and Novelist. b.1944 Chicago, Illinois, USA)
 "Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon."
Oscar Wilde  (Irish Poet, Novelist, Dramatist and Critic, 1854-1900)
"Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick."
Gwyneth Paltrow
  (American Actress. b.1972, Los Angeles, California, USA)

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"Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical." Sophia Loren  (Italian film Actress, b.1934)
 

 

March of Silenus - by William Holbroo Beard  Poster at amazon More about Silenus
A Bacchante (1909)  Arthur Wardle was best known for his paintings of domestic and wild animals, as well as his sporting scenes.  He was thought to be a ‘natural’ and it is said that he was completely self-taught
 
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