Of the Laurel (daphnê)
DAPHNIS was an Oread-nymph of Mount Parnassos in Phokis (central Greece). She was the prophetess of Gaia (the Earth) at Delphoi before Apollon seized control of the oracle.
Daphnis was a version of Daphne--the nymph transformed into a laurel-tree by Gaia as she fled the embrace of the god Apollon. She was probably also connected with Kastalia (Castalia), the Naiad-nymph of the oracular springs of Delphoi, and the Korykiai (Coryciae), nymphs of the sacred Korykian cave.
Perhaps GAIA, though nowhere stated
CLASSICAL LITERATURE QUOTES
Pausanias, Description of Greece 10. 5. 5 (trans. Jones) (Greek travelogue C2nd A.D.) :
"Many and different are the stories told about Delphoi (Delphi), and even more son about the oracle of Apollon. For they say that in earliest times the oracular seat belonged to Ge (Gaea, the Earth), who appointed as prophetess Daphnis, one of the Nymphai (Nymphs) of the mountain [Mount Parnassos]."
- Pausanias, Description of Greece - Greek Travelogue C2nd A.D.
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