24. Νηρηίδων, θυμίαμα ἀρώματα.
To the Neireids
Divine connection: aromatics
Νηρέος εἰναλίου νύμφαι καλυκώπιδες ἁγναί,
Nereos’ Nymphs, pure veiled faces of the sea,
σφράγιαι βύθιαι, χοροπαίγμονες, ὑγροκέλευθοι,
Imprinting the depths in a playful choral dance, solely water-journeying.
πεντήκοντα κόραι περὶ κύμασι βακχεύουσαι,
Fifty daughters surround the swells of Bacchic essence,
Τριτώνων ἐπ' ὄχοισιν ἀγαλλόμεναι περὶ νῶτα
Upon Triton’s chariot glorious powers surround the surface,
θηροτύποις μορφαῖς, ὧν βόσκει σώματα πόντος,
Beastlike forms arise to nourish Pontos’ body,
ἄλλοις θ' οἳ ναίουσι βυθόν, Τριτώνιον οἶδμα,
The sea’s divine dwellers, deep in Triton’s wavy
ὑδρόδομοι, σκιρτηταί, ἑλισσόμενοι περὶ κῦμα,
Watery domain. Leaping! Whirling! Powerful, round, pregnant swells on
ποντοπλάνοι δελφῖνες, ἁλιρρόθιοι, κυαναυγεῖς.
Pontos’ planes: dolphins sea-leaping in deep blue dawning light.
ὑμᾶς κικλήσκω πέμπειν μύσταις πολὺν ὄλβον·
With this hymn I call, send forth mystae with many blessings
ὑμεῖς γὰρ πρῶται τελετὴν ἀνεδείξατε σεμνὴν
With this hymn bestow initial completion rites declared solemnly:
εὐιέρου Βάκχοιο καὶ ἁγνῆς Φερσεφονείης,
Holy Bacchos and pure Phersephone,
Καλλιόπηι σὺν μητρὶ καὶ Ἀπόλλωνι ἄνακτι.
Kalliope together with the Mother and Apollon ruling.
 Nereids are the beautiful, young, immortal Goddesses of various aspects of the sea, such as the sea’s brine, foam, waves, currents, and sea rescues. They are the tipping-point (Ν) + center (η) + of that which flows (ρη) + individually (ίδων).” See http://www.theoi.com/Pontios/Nereides.html
In Bacchylides, Dithyramb 17(61-64) (Classical Myth, 3rd ed, Barry B. Powell, p. 429, Prentice Hall, NJ, 2001) the Nereids are described as Theseus sees them at the depths of the ocean in the house of Nereus:
“Trembling, he gazed at the famous daughers of Nereus the rich,
whose lovely flesh sent out a light like the light of a fire.
Gold-braided glittering ribbons sparkled and gleamed in their tresses
as they danced on spray-wet feet, hearts athrob with delight.”
Another translation of this passage is provided by Richard C. Webb (Dithyramb 16), p. 386-387, (Cambridge University Press, 1905): https://archive.org/stream/bacchylidespoem00jebbgoog#page/n416/mode/2up/search/nereus
“There beheld he the glorious daughters of blest Nereus, and was awe-struck;
for a splendour as of fire shone from their radiant forms;
fillets inwoven with gold encircled their hair;
and they were delighting their hearts by dancing with lissom feet.”
At the wedding of the Nereid Thetis and Peleus, Euripides in his play Iphigenia in Aulis 1051-1055) (406 BCE) describes the Nereids (Powell, p. 517):
“Weaving their figures on silvery sands,
fifty maidens, daughters of Nereus,
linking hands and, singing for joy,
danced for the wedding.”
 Nereos is the immortal God of the sea floor, the father of the Nereids, the “tipping-point (Ν) + center-of (η) + that which flows (ρέος).”
 Nymphs are beautiful, young, immortal Goddesses who prevail over a particular location in nature.
 Triton is the immortal God who rides his chariot over the surface of the sea, half-humanlike and half-fishlike, literally “stretch/extend (Τ) + streams (ρι) + stretch/extend (τ) + ών.” He is likely the God of sea-currents.
 Pontos, the immortal God of the Sea, is the father of Nereos by Gaia, Goddess of generative earth, literally “under-the-same-roof; united (π) + in truth; in actuality (όντος).”
 Bacchos is the immortal God of wine and its effects.
 P(h)ersephone is the immortal Goddess of the afterlife and Spring rebirth.
 Kalliope is the immortal Muse of beauty.
 The Mother is the immortal Goddess Demeter.
 Apollo is the immortal God of inspiration.