were the princes of the elements?
An angel was designated
as "prince" over each of the elements. Gabriel was the prince
of fire and Jurkemi, prince of hail;1] Ridya, prince of rain;  Rahab,
prince of the sea;  Lailah, prince of night  and also of conception;
Dumah, the angel of death. Other princes are mentioned without names
being attached to them; e.g., prince of the world  and prince of Gehinnom.
 BT Pes. 118A
 BT Taan. A56
 BT B.B. 14B
 BT Sanh. 96A
 BT Nid. 16B
 BT Ber 18b
 BT Jeb. 16B
 BT Arach 15b