in China, the waterspout (whirlwind upon water) is a dragon

Peruvian female whirlwind sylph (Ayahuasca Visions, p. 76a)

sylph = spirit of yellow sulphur (brimstone : theiodes = gapri^t, named for yellow gaper-wood)

Lexicon Arabico-Latinum





salf (pl. suluf)

pera (bag), marsupium (pouch) {cf. "bag of winds" belonging to Aiolos; or rather, the "bag" whereinto Daidalos thrust the corpse of his 12-year-old murder-victim Talos (GM 92.b)}


sulaf (pl. silfan, sulfan)

pullus perdicis (partridge chick) {Talos was son of Daidalos’ sister Perdix ‘Partridge’}


sulfah (pl. sulaf) {< Lat. /sulcus/ ‘furrow’?}

arvi pars occata (harrowed furrow)

GM = Robert Graves : The Greek Myths. 1955.

Since Talos was inventor of the saw (serra), he may be aequated with the [Norse tomb-sawyer] Sinfjo,tli; and Daidalos with Sigmund.

Grar ‘Saw (Serra)’ is the city frequented by S^ims^o^n.

Belinda’s sylphs in The Rape of the Lock by Alexander Pope are derived from Montfaucon de Villars : Le Comte de Gabalis. 1670. (Jackson I. : "Shakerly Marmion", p. 265, in :- MODERN LANGUAGE NOTES, Vol. 72 – 1957 )

A lock of hair from S^ims^o^n was stolen, at instigation by the woman Dlilah ‘Lock of Hair’.

sylphs in The Rape of the Lock & cognate literature

"Pope followed rabbinical ideas about how women longed to mate with sylphs ... . ... "They were not angels," De Villars states, "but sylphs – sylphs who needed such contact to make themselves immortal."" (Jonathan Gross : The Sylph. Northwestern U Pr, 2007. p. xlii )

"Humans long to mate with sylphs, according to the Comte de Gabalis, because they want to live forever". (ibid., p. xliv)

In the play entitled The Sylph (1743), by Germain-Franc,ois Poullain of Saint-Foix, a marquis passed himself off to Julia as Ziblis, "one of those aerial beings which she so very desirous of getting acquainted with." (ibid., p. xlv) {The name /ZiBLis/ may be derived from the name of the 4th heaven, /ZaBuL/ ‘Mansion’ : "if it were not so, I would have told you" about Buggaboe (loc. cit.) = bugaboo of the /BaGoBO/ tribe in the Philippines.}

"During the night, in dreams, which he contrives to excite, he takes care to be the principal object of her ideas -- ... ’tis her sylph that causes her those pleasing reveries". (ibid., p. xlvi)

other features in The Rape of the Lock

The Rape of the Lock was written in 1717 ( ) – the same year as that wherein the Grand Masonic Lodge was founded in London (suggesting its having been written to commemorate that event).

Is The Rape of the Lock also commemorative of the naming of Coma Berenices after the Aiguptian queen?

"the card-game, Ombre, which has been confidently imitated from the ‘Scacchia of Vida’ ..., but

cf. card-people in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland

Clarissa is the one who lends the scissors to the baron to commence the nefarious deed."

cf. scissors-wielding goddess C^hinna-masta.

complete text of The Rape of the Lock --

"Female sylphs most closely resemble traditional fairies, being tiny lithe females with busy dragonfly wings, whereas males appear as cloud-like, or smoke-like, beings." (Catalog of Spirits and Entities by Marcus Cordey [pdf] p. 7)

sylphs spake through caverns (Raven Grimassi : Wiccan Magick. p. 74 )

sylphs model snowflakes (Manly P. Hall : The Secret Teachings of All Ages. p. 317)

"the king of the Sylphs is named Paralda or Paralada"

of Estonia

abode of Paralda : "You smell the sweet subtle fragrance of benzion as you approach the door. The door itself is simple brown wood, the door frame is a yellow orange, as is the roof. You lift your hand to knock and the door opens. A man who appears to be in his fifties stands before you in yellow robes."

"Sylphs of Cardan" (, p. 117)