Saturday, September 17, 2011

Mermaids. - this took em too long to blogg! hmmmmmmmmm? why


The word is a compound of mer, the French word for "sea", and maid, a girl or young woman. The male equivalent is a merman.

Mermaid and merman, 1866. Anonymous Russian folk artist.
Much like sirens, mermaids will sing to people or to gods to enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing people to walk off a ship's deck or to run their ship aground. Other stories depict mermaids squeezing the life out of drowning men while attempting to rescue them. They are also said to carry humans down to their underwater kingdoms. In Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, it is said that mermaids forget that humans cannot breathe underwater, while other stories say they drown men out of spite, while still other fables portray mermaids as benevolent toward men.This singing chant is probably a curse to the mermaid as well.

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