10 Mythical Creatures from Africa You Might Not Know (ft. From Nothing) [Part 1]
With most of our blue planet covered by water, it's little wonder that, centuries ago, the oceans were believed to hide mysterious creatures including sea serpents and mermaids. Merfolk mermaids and mermen are, of course, the marine version of half-human, half-animal legends that have captured human imagination for ages.
Mermaid tales appear in myths around the world — Arnhem Land included
Just kidding. It was for this reason that Starbucks adopted the mermaid as its logo. Regardless, it took mermaids millennia of mythology to land on those coffee cups. So why the mixed reviews? Where did the legend of the mermaid come from in the first place?
Mermaid , masculine merman , a fabled marine creature with the head and upper body of a human being and the tail of a fish. Similar divine or semidivine beings appear in ancient mythologies e. In European folklore , mermaids sometimes called sirens and mermen were natural beings who, like fairies, had magical and prophetic powers. They loved music and often sang. Though very long-lived, they were mortal and had no souls.
A Mermaid and a Magic Comb - origins
Originally, Greeks considered Mermaids half woman and half bird, but, considering that all mythical stories are constantly changing along tradition, then we find that Mermaids become half fish and half woman after a dispute with the Muses, their aunts from the genealogic point of view. In ancient texts, Mermaids appear not alone but in a group of two or three and not only in the water but sitting on reefs waiting for the arrival of ships. Triton was a creature with the upper part of the body with the shape of a man and the lower part with a fish tail. Triton had the power to tame the turbulent waters blowing a shell. If we look back at history, we see that the first Mermaids appeared for the first time painted on caves in the late Palaeolithic Stone Age , about 30, years ago, when human beings had a strong control of the land and began to sail the sea. Throughout history, we can see that such attraction was not only united to a tuneful singing but also to their femininity.
In folklore , a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. In ancient Assyria the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings. In other folk traditions or sometimes within the same tradition , they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. The male equivalent of the mermaid is the merman , also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry.
In centuries past, the ocean was thought to be full of krakens, sea serpents, sea monsters and other fantastic creatures. One creature that shows up in such stories throughout history is the mermaid. Mermaid mythology is quite varied, with mermaids taking on many different appearances, origins, and personalities. The first recorded half-fish, half-human creature is Oannes , a Babylonian god from the 4th century BCE who would leave the sea every day and return at night. Although these sirens had vicious personalities, as did the mermaids in J. Mermaids are just characters in stories, of course. But in a world saturated with mermaid mythology , people sometimes think they see them in real life.