Mermaids and Mermen: A myth or do they really exist?

Centuries ago, the oceans were believed to hide certain mysterious creatures such as serpents and mermaids. The merfolk(mermaids and mermen), according to “Arabian Nights” are half human and half animal creatures. They have faces of the moon, hair like women with legs inside their bellies and tales like fishes. These creatures have captured the imagination of humans for ages.

Related image
Via-www.livescience.com

Folklore related to Mermaids and Mermen:

Traditions say that these half-fish and half-human creatures have existed in lores for thousands of years. The Babylonian diety Era or Oannes, the fish god, has a bearded head with a crown, body like men but a fish from waist. According to Greek Mythology, the god Triton is the mermen messenger of the sea and many modern religions such as Hinduism and Candomble worship mermaid Goddess to this day.

Image result for folklore related to mermaids and mermen
Via-folklorethursday.com

According to the legends in Scotland and Wales, the mermaid befriends and marry humans. Mermaids were beautiful stunning women living under the sea. They got their hybrid appearance temporarily by donning the skin of the fish. If they ever lost this while wandering outside otherwise they were are not able to go back to the sea. Many folklores talk about mermaids being a symbol of misfortune and death and luring innocent sailors. The mermen have equally a fierce reputation for summoning the sea and drowning the sailors. The most feared group of mermen is Blue Men of Minch. They have a tinted blue color skin with a grey beard. The local says that, before laying siege to the ship, they challenge the captains for a rhyming competition, if the captain is quick enough to beat the Blue Men, he is able to save his sailors.

Image result for folklore related to mermaids and mermen
Via-spiritearthawakening.com

The Japanese version of merfolk is Kappa, who have spirits like that of a child, residing in Japanese lakes, coasts, and river. Like Blue Men, they interact with human and challenge them for various skill-based games for which the penalty for losing is death.

Image result for folklore related to kappa
Via-aminoapps.com

Do Mermaids and Mermen really exist?

In medieval period there have been many instances of sailors encountering mermaids. One interesting incident is mentioned in Edward Snow’s “Incredible mysteries and legends of the Sea”, where a captain John Smith encountered a mermaid. He said that she was there swimming gracefully, with large eyes, well-shaped nose, slightly large ears and green hair. The captain said that she was so attractive that, seeing her he felt the first effects of love until he realized that she was a fish from the waist and down.

Image result for mermaids
Via-en.wikipedia.org

In the modern era, there are very rare reports of mermaids, but some evidence suggests that they really do occur. The news reports suggest that few people saw a mermaid in the coast of Israel in the Kirat Yam town. She was doing some tricks on the onlookers before sunset and vanished during nights. Also, the special show in Animals Planet “Mermaids: The body found” renewed interest in people regarding the existence of the merfolk. It presented the story of the scientists finding proof of the existence of mermaids. Though the show was fictitious, it was presented in such a way that it seemed real to its viewers. They came up with an Aquatic Ape Theory, in their pseudo-documentary. The theory provided an explanation how aquatic human-like creatures were evolved.

Image result for mermaid sighting in kiryat yam
Via-www.beyondsciencetv.com

If Aquatic Ape theory really explained their evolution, the mermaids would not have been young, pretty girls but just like other mammals evolved from the same human tree. They would have possessed skills to search food, escape predators and reproduce. They might be super intelligent, live in social groups and might be even dangerous as early sailors suggested.

Image result for aquatic ape theory
Via-https://www.www.dailymail.co.uk

Mermaids and Mermen are ancient creatures, but they still do exist in our lives in some or the other form. Even though research suggests that the merfolk is just a myth, but there is still some evidence, suggesting their presence.

Read also:  The Truth Of ‘The Heart Of The Ocean’s from the movie Titanic

Random Post

Unravelling Dreams: What Are They And Their Meanings

Have you ever woken up in haste trying to recall what you just dreamt? And I’m sure you have experienced a jolted interruption in...

Beer Is Not Just An Alcohol ! Read On To Know Its Superb Uses

Beer is one of the popular hard drinks across the world. But today we are shedding light on Beer's different uses besides from its purpose as...

8 TV Series that can Ease You to Sleep

What does one understand by sound sleep? It's surely not sleeping without sound. It's basically sleeping without any kind of troubled thought. But most...

Latest article

Top 30 Ways To Change Your Mindset

Changing from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset may seem daunting, but anyone can do it by taking baby steps. Thinking about it...

Understanding How The Way You Sit Effects Your Back Muscles

Your body is an incredibly complex machine. There are still plenty of secrets regarding how some parts work, and research into these things is...

Mukbang And ASMR: 2 Popular Social Trends

Mukbang and ASMR eating has been the ongoing trend of this "new generation," which is usually on the phone screen, scrolling through social media...

Related Articles

1 COMMENT

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.