What you may not Know About Mermaids.

Mermaids were shaped by Hans Christian Andersen the 1836 fairy-tale, “The Little Mermaid” which shows how the mermaid gave up her voice for a chance to be with her true love. Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” had more of a happier ending.

Mermaids have powers: immortality, seeing the future, telepathy and hypnosis.

Modern day mermaids are often mixed with sirens and are a bit more dangerous and aggressive

Sirens would lure sailors to their deaths.

Sirens had powers of destruction, lead ships to crash, gather storms and cause insanity and conjure fog.

Mermaids are carnivorous and vengeful creature that came from Greek pantheon of gods. They were often presented as flying creatures, Greek myth of water sirens became very popular in the Europe.

The mermaid that was the most famous was Assyrian goddess Astarte, Greek Triton and Aphrodite and African deity MamiWata. All of them represented fertility, beauty, force of nature and destruction and the danger of seduction.

In folktales the most famous mermaid was Guam’s Sirena and Brazil’s Iara.

Mermaids are female members of underwater race of merfolk. Males are called mermen. Mermen are more shy and never come to surface.

Most common weapon merfolk use are Tridents, sharp shells and shark teeth.

Mermaids are often naked and carry some accessories like hand mirrors, pearl necklaces, bracelets, and crowns.

Image courtesy of www.darwinthenandnow.com

 

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