In the Buddhist tradition, a water deva is a water spirit, connected to all liquids but felt most powerfully in association with streams, rivers, lakes and the sea. In other traditions, water spirits are known as undines, mermaids, nymphs, sprites and sirens. The water element is thought to symbolize changeability, creativity, tranquility, healing, diplomacy, intuition, energy, independence, freedom, power, prosperity, purity, force of character, honesty and wisdom. It is used in magic to cast spells related to purification, childbirth, shielding, healing, changing, love, friendship, meditation, dreams and clairvoyance. In contrast, while the etymology of the word diva shows a similar derivation from Latin and Italian to mean “female diety”, in popular culture it has come to imply “prima donna” or a woman who is demanding and fussy.