What could be more whimsical than a cloud? As children we would gaze and wonder at these puffs of air laced with water, and dream as they took on mysterious shapes.
According to ancient Greek mythology clouds were not actually 'clouds' at all, but rather a group of young nymphs called Nephelai - the daughters of two Titans.
These cloud spirits - depicted as both young and beautiful - spent their days collecting water from the rivers, and then floated up to the heavens. When their pitchers were full they poured water down from the sky, nourishing the earth and feeding the streams of their brothers.
Perhaps this is the dream William Shakespeare referred to when he wrote: "That, if then I had waked after a long sleep, will make me sleep again; and then, in dreaming, the clouds me thought would open and show riches ready to drop upon me; that, when I waked I cried to dream again."
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