Oh, and also? Undine.
According to one website….
- According to Paracelsus, when an Undine married a mortal and bore a child, the fusion of natural and supernatural resulted in her gaining a soul.
And the beloved Waterhouse’s interpretation of one.
This is all very interesting. I didn’t realize that he envisioned all the elements as female except for the earth elements (female salamanders, eh?). Most of Western society defaults earth as female due to ye olde Mother Nature and the classical Gaia.
Guess what gender my world is?
Perhaps due to the inclement weather, I found myself re-reading this article about the Terra Nova expedition that ultimately led to the death of Robert Falcon Scott and three members of his team in their push to be the first to get to the South Pole. Sadly, he died not on the trip there, but on the trip back.
It’s a bit macabre, I know, but I am fascinated by what drives people to venture out into sub-zero temperatures for something as elusive as a title.