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Sylph

An elemental of the air, referred to in the writings of Paracelsus. An elemental is a non-physical semi-conscious entity in nature. Paracelsus, Eliphas Levi and the Rosicrucians spoke of the kinds of elementals according to the concentration of the primordial elements in them. For example, salamanders are elementals of the fire element, while sylph are of the air element.

Sylphs are equivalent to the Peris in Persian legend, the Vidyā-dharas among the Hindu Puranas.

See also Elemental.

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