In Stanislaw Lem's Solaris, the sentient surface of the planet's ocean brings forth the strangest creatures of embodied mathematical abstractions (symmetriads, mimoids, etc.).
In breatharianism, people learn to live on sunlight, air and fog—almost as if they were plants.
In the Timaeus, Plato is thought to identify the 'receptacle' with primordial matter, and calls it the 'wet nurse of all becoming'.
The receptacle is the wet nurse of all becoming. This means it takes on the characteristics of whatever comes into it.