Moria (nymph)

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In Greek mythology, Moria was a Naiad nymph dwelling by the river Hermus; she makes an appearance in Nonnus' Dionysiaca, in an episode that is as follows.

Moria's brother Tylus accidentally touched a serpent, which then attacked Tylus, coiled round his body and suffocated him; Tylus was not his first victim. Moria only could helplessly watch her brother die, but then Damasen, a Giant son of Gaia, arrived on the spot; Moria implored him to help and he killed the serpent, hitting it with the trunk of a tree he tore out of the ground. Then a female serpent, the slain monster's mate, appeared and used a magical herb, referred to as "Zeus' flower", to bring the dead serpent back to life. Moria then used the same herb to revive her brother.[1]

It has been speculated that the myth of Moria, Tylus and Damasen may be rooted in Lydian mythology.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Nonnus, Dionysiaca, 25. 452 ff
  2. ^ Theoi.com - Moria (accessed on April 13, 2012)