Transcript of Mermaids
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. so beautiful, so desirable, Mermaids so dangerous Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drowning. In other folk traditions they can be benevolent and fall in love with humans. Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries. Danish author Hans Christian Andersen wrote his popular fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" in 1836. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transforms herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes equated with the Sirens of Greek mythology, half-bird femme fatales whose enchanting voices drew sailors onto the rocks of their island. Other kinds of mermaids Sirenia is an order of fully aquatic mammals that inhabit rivers and coastal marine waters. They appear fat, but are fusiform and hydrodynamic. Before the mid 19th century, mariners called these animals "mermaids". Stories of mermaids Mermaids appear in British folklore as unlucky omens, both foretelling disaster and provoking it. Several variants of the ballad Sir Patrick Spens depict a mermaid speaking to the doomed ships. In some versions, she tells them they will never see land again; in others, she claims they are near shore, though it isn't true. A mermaid-like creature from European folklore is Melusine. She is depicted with two fish tails or with the lower body of a serpent. The story of "The Little Mermaid" was also adapted into a film by Walt Disney. What are mermaids? In 1913 the sculptor Edward Eriksen made a statue in honor of the famous Little Mermaid. Now it is located at the entrance of the Copenhagen port. don't have a fish-like tail. They are the spirits of young women who died a violent or untimely death. They live in lakes and rivers and they can be seen after dark, calling out to young men by name, luring them to the water and drowning them. Naiads Sightings In 1493, Christopher Columbus reported seeing three "female forms" which "rose high out of the sea".Full transcript
The logbook of Blackbeard, an English pirate, reported that many members of the crew had seen mermaids, including him. During World War II, Japanese soldiers saw several mermaids on the shores of the Kei Islands. These creatures had faces similar to that of a human but a mouth like a carp. The locals called them Orang Ikan, which
means "fish man"