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n Greek mythology, the Muses (Greek, Mousai: from the Proto-Indo-European root *men- "think", from which mind and mental are also derived) are nine goddesses who embody the right evocation of myth, inspired through remembered and improvised song and traditional music and dances (cf.apsara in the Hindu culture). They were water nymphs, associated with the springs of Helicon and Pieris; from the latter they are sometimes called Pierides. The Olympian system set Apollo as their leader, Apollon Mousagetes. Not only are they used in modern English to refer to an inspiration when one cites his/her own artistic muse, but also in the word "amuse", which is rooted in their name.
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