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In Germanic folklore tradition and mythology, the Nixie are human-shaped water spirits who frequently change their appearance. They appear in the tales of all Germanic people under a number of names, however Scandinavian folklore may be where most people are familiar with them. Earlier versions of the similar English Knucker typically showed the spirits as wyrms or dragons, however more contemporary ones show them in diverse shapes. Geographic variations exist in their gender, alt-names, and different manifestations. Both the German and the Scandinavian Nix were men. The German Nixie was a feminine water mermaid. The Melusine in France, the Xana in Asturias in Spain and the Slavic water spirits like the Rusalka in Slavic lands are examples of similar beings from different regions of Europe. The etymology of the names are inherited from Common Germanic *Nikwus or *Nikwis(i) which is connected to Sanskrit Nḗnēkti. There are numerous entities in English folklore that resemble the Nix or Näck. The Nordic masculine water spirits known as the Näcken, Näkki, Nøkk played enchanting songs on the violin to entice women and children to drown in lakes or streams. However, not all of these beings were inherently evil; numerous tales suggest that Nøkker were, at the very least, completely harmless to their audience and drew not just women and children but also men to them with their captivating songs. [Information and Image Credit : Nixie_(folklore), Wikipedia] [Image: Nøkken depicted by Theodor Kittelsen, 1904] [The author died in 1914, so the Image Work is in the Public Domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the Life of Author plus 100 years or fewer. The Image work is in the Public Domain in the United States because it was published (or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office) before January 1, 1927. (Please Relate to Individual Image URLs for More Usage Property)] [Source Image URL :   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kittelsen_-_N%C3%B8kken_(Nasjonalmuseet)2.jpg#Mythology







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