Mermaid is of the Old English word, mere which means “sea” and “maid” which means female or young woman. Mermaids are worldwide with many different names but the same descriptions of body features. They are sea creatures with human-like features and sometimes also known as sea people and demon sea creatures. Many people either believe mermaids to be real or just a legendary folklore. There are mermaids and Mermen that do good and bad to humans. Dangerous tragedies such as storms, shipwrecks, floods, bad weather and drownings are bad omens connected to Mermaids. Great deeds such as bringing good health, wealth, fertility, removing illnesses and other issues signify good Mermaids.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus and his crew reported seeing three female figures rising out of the water while sailing off the coast of Hispaniola. There are recent Mermaid sightings in the 20th and 21st centuries of mermaids in Israel, Zimbabwe and Canada by people. Israeli coastal town of Kiryat Yam offered an award of $1 million for solid proof that mermaids exist. This is after dozens of people claimed that they saw a mermaid leaping out of the water and doing tricks. The sighting of mermaids appeared in Canada (near Vancouver and Victoria) in 1967. Workers refused to work on two reservoirs near Gokwe and Mutare in Zimbabwe in February 2012. Water resource minister, Samuel Sipepa Nkomo, said his workers refuse to go back to work because mermaids harass and chase them away from that location.
Proof of Mermaids existence can be seen on T.V shows such as Animal Planet‘s (May 2012 - Mermaids: The Body Found, Best of 2013 - Mermaid: The New Evidence), Lost Girl on Canadian Showcase Television and the River Monsters (Congo Killer) by Jeremy Wade’s. Animal Planet’s Mermaid: The New Evidence was the sequel to the hit Mermaids: The Body Found. Former Iceland GeoSurvey scientist saw and filmed two different shots of humanoid creatures touching his submarine off the coast of Greenland.
The U.S National Ocean Service (NOAA) has reported in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found. NOAA released another statement in 2013 stating that the Iceland GeoSurvey scientist, identified as actor David Evans from Ontario, Canada. The TV shows are clever hoaxes.
There is a song about mermaids titled "La Sirene" by singer/songwriter S.J. Tucker. There are many books, comic books, television shows and movies with mermaids including all-time favorite, “The Little Mermaid”.
Mermaids are different from humans because they can live and breathe under water, but they can not survive for long periods out of the water. If a human and mermaid conceive a baby together, the baby will be able to live underwater if they want.
Mermaids First Sighting
Mermaids (Merman, Siren, Ondine) has been a mythological, legendary creature since 1000 BC. One of the first known mermaid stories was in Assyria (Assyrian in Egypt) in 1000 BC. Queen Semiramis mother, Goddess Atargatis, unintentionally killed her mortal shepherd lover. Ashamed of what happened, she jumped into the water and transformed into a fish. The water could not hide her beauty and created a mermaid by showing her upper body as a human and her lower body as a fish. An ancient Greek coin shows Goddess Atargatis appears as a fish with a human head.
The Greeks know Atargatis with the name Derketo. A famous Greek folklore is of Thessalonike who is the sister of Alexander the Great. She turned back into a mermaid after she died. She then travels the ocean asking any sailor she sees only one question, and that is "Is King Alexander alive?” She would calm waters and let the sailors sail away freely. Mermaids set free the sailors who answered her questions correctly. She would bring great danger to the ship and all aboard if the sailors answered the question wrong. The best answer would be "He lives and reigns and conquers the world".
There is an original stone pillar in the Norman Chapel that is in the Durham Castle in England, built by Saxon stone masons around 1078. It is one of the earliest artwork of a mermaid, and it can be seen above one of the original Norman pillars on the south facing side of the capital.
In the Hindu Ramayana, there is a mermaid princess named Suvannamaccha (aka Suphanna Matcha, Suvamamacha), and she is the daughter of Ravana (Tosakanth). Lord Hanuman (Son of the wind god Vayu) tries to build a bridge to Lanka to rescue Mother Sita. Suvannamaccha tried to destroy Hanuman’s plan by challenging him but fell in love with him in the process. Hanuman falls in love with her also, and Suvannamaccha went against her father’s order and helped Hanuman build the bridge to crossover to Sri Lanka to rescue Sita. Hanuman and Suvannamaccha have a son named Macchunu (aka Matchanu, Mudchanu) who is human.
Suvannamaccha is popular in Thailand because people believe that the image of her in their house or anywhere will bring luck to them.
Mami Wata is in the Caribbean, West, Central, Southern Africa, and parts of North and South America. There is mostly female Mami Wata and just a few manlike Mami Wata. Mami Wata has a diverse set of powers which includes healing (heals female to conceive, illness) and giving (wealthy, healthy, great looks, etc.). Mami Wata can appear fully human although they are half fish (lower body) and half human (upper body usually naked). A large snake can be seen wrapped around her with its head between her chests.
She captures a random person, takes them underwater to her paradise, gives them a new spiritual understanding and lets them leave with dry clothes. After the encounter, the human becomes a more relaxed person, more gorgeous/alluring and more prosperous in life. Mami Wata’s do both good and bad deeds.
Sirenomelia is a very rare ancestral disorder that is "mermaid syndrome". 1/100,000 babies are born with small genitals, and their legs joined together. It proves to be fatal in the first few days of birth because of kidney and bladder problems. Sirenomelia is rare as conjoined twins, and there were four babies that survived as of July 2013. One of those babies is Tiffany Yorks, born on May 7, 1988 in the United States. She had surgery performed on her before the age of one to separate her legs. She is the longest survivor of sirenomelia and has great difficulty with moving around because her leg bones are very fragile. When fractures occur, she uses a wheelchair or crutches.
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