What Is a Tree Sprite?


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A tree sprite is a fictitious, elf-like creature that appears in folklore from around the world and is connected with magic, forests and trees. A tree sprite is often represented as a young woman and associated with fertility and tree worship.

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The word is derived from the Latin “spiritus,” and is translated as "spirit." Sprites first appeared in European folklore circa 1300 AD. Beliefs in sprites occur in various forms around the world, specifically in Spanish and Latin America, Slavic folklore, Celtic traditions and in modern neo-spiritual religious movements. The term sprite may also refer to fairies, elves, dwarfs and similar beings. In modern popular culture, sprites appear in many different forms in fiction, video games and television.

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