Published on Jun 18, 2018

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Mermaid is a mythical creature, half fish and half woman. This is the traditional definition of a mermaid. It is believed that the mermaids are extremely beautiful and sang melancholic songs at night with a sweet, seductive voice. They live in a large underwater castle.

Mythology: World mythology
Mythological Origin: Greece
Based on: Fish
Habitat: Ocean, sea
Similar Creatures: Siren, Undine, Havmand, Merman
Abilities: Foretells and provokes disaster, Causes shipwreck, Stirs up terrible storm

Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures around the world, including the Middle East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, where the goddess Atargatis became a mermaid out of shame, who accidentally killed her lover.


Mermaids are sometimes associated with dangerous events, such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes in the same tradition) they can be beneficent or benevolent, bestowing boons or falling in love with people.

Mermaids are associated with mythological Greek sirens, as well as with sirenia, biological order, including dugongs and andmanatees. Some of the sailor’s historical observations may have been misunderstandings with these aquatic mammals. Christopher Columbus reports that he saw mermaids while exploring the Caribbean, and supposed sightings were recorded in the 20th and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel and Zimbabwe.

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