MERMAID MYTHS AND TALES
Our new collection Deep Sea Baby, is inspired by mystery of the sea, the natural beauty of the underworld and the importance of the ocean. Here are a few mermaid tales that may interest you.
Mermaids are the mythical creatures that were initially created as the personifications of the water deities of ancient civilizations. They were celebrated as the bringers of life and fertility because of the sea endless supply of food, and also as forces of great nature power and destruction.
In Old English, “mer” means “sea,” and “maid” simply meant woman.
Mermaids are therefore “women of the sea
.” Following this line of etymological logic, a “mer” man (merman) would be a “man of the sea.” Mermaids and mermen are fish-like people who swim through the oceans and the seas.
The most common cause of mermaids sightings during the centuries was manatees (sea cows). When sailors would spot them at night, perhaps in the moonlight, many thought they were gazing upon mermaids. Even Christopher Columbus reported seeing ugly and fat mermaids on his first voyage to America.
The original Starbucks logo was the image of a “twin-tailed mermaid”, or siren. Greek mythology has it that sirens lured sailors to shipwreck off the coast of an island in the South Pacific, also sometime referred to as Starbuck Island. The logo was used by the original Starbucks founders to lure coffee lovers from everywhere.
People once believed that the aquamarine gemstone came from the tears of mermaids, and it used to be thought it had the power to protect sailors when they were at sea, or when they fell into the water.
In some of the legends of the Pacific Islands, it is said that human beings are descended from both mermaids and mermen. It seems somewhere back in time, their tails somehow dropped off, and people were magically able to walk on land.
Modern view of mermaids are shaped by Hans Christian Andersen 1836 fairytale "The Little Mermaid" which describes how mermaid princess gave up her voice for a chance to be together with the prince that lived on the land. The original story did not have a happy ending, unlike the animated movie made by Disney.
Mermaids are always naked, but they carry some fashion accessories - pearl necklaces, crowns, bracelets, hand mirrors, combs and sometimes musical instruments.
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