by: the New England Blogger
Mermaids are Magical!
Or at least they appear to be!
Part tragic, part mythological, part real as in Tom Hanks’s movie Splash!
Have you ever really seen a mermaid? Has a mermaid ever answered your wish? We are a big fan of mermaids and if you are read on for a bit of history about Mermaids. . . . . .
Mermaids appear in folklore of many cultures worldwide! The first known mermaid stories appeared in Assyria c. 1000 BC. The Goddess Atargatis, mother of Assyrian Queen Semiramis, loved a mortal (a shepherd) and unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty. Thereafter, she took the form of a mermaid —
A popular Greek legend turned Alexander the Great’s sister, Thessalonic, into a mermaid after her death, living in the Aegean. She would ask the sailors on any ship she would encounter only one question: “Is King Alexander alive?” to which the correct answer was: “He lives and reigns and conquers the world”. This answer would please her, and she would accordingly calm the waters and bid the ship farewell. Any other answer would enrage her, and she would stir up a terrible storm, dooming the ship and every sailor on board.
If you are a fan of Mermaids a shop that you will be interested in is Maiden Voyage in Mashpee Commons on Cape Cod. Click the above link for their Facebook page of photos and info.