A History of Mermaids

Mermaids have splashed about in the waters of the world for a millennia.  But where do these alluring and beautiful creatures of the deep come from?  The ocean itself has always been a mirror to our connection with our emotions and intuition.  Deep, dark, mysterious, and purely magnetic, the deep sea holds its secrets tightly – most we have yet to discover.  We tend to give the ocean a feminine identity; it reminds us of nourishment and fertility; its beautiful dancing rhythm, and undeniable changing nature, embodies feminine energy.

 

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Life on Earth as we know it cannot survive without water.  Our ancestors knew this, so naturally they attributed magical powers to it.  Long ago the workings of the world and nature itself were completely controlled by mystical beings who had the power to create and destroy.   Many ancient cultures and civilizations worshiped powerful water Goddesses who they believed ruled over oceans, lakes, rivers, streams, etc.   Deities of all sorts ruled over all aspects of the lives of the ancients.  The water Goddesses became the mermaids we know today.

 

 

 

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Many ancient traditions viewed mermaids as more than simply enchanted sirens of the sea; these were magnificent creatures – Deities themselves in flesh and bone. Stories of these Goddesses were handed down through the ages by way of legend, art, and music.  Ancient Greek and Roman art depict water Deities with bodies that combined the traits of humans and sea creatures.  Among the most famous is the God Triton and Goddess Amphitrite.  Mermaids came to us from civilizations long before recorded history.  They represent the perfect balance in nature we tend to call “good” and “evil”.  Like the powers they embody, mermaids have always been attributed with the ability to bring luck and fortune, or brew up ferocious storms that destroyed everything in their wake…

 

– “Darwin may have been quite correct in his theory that man descended from the apes of the forest, but surely women rose from the frothy sea; as resplendent as Aphrodite on her scalloped chariot.” – Margo Datz

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