Mermaid Coloring Pages
A mermaid is a fabulous amphibian beastly that is bisected human, bisected amphibian beastly (e.g. a angle or dolphin). Assorted cultures throughout the apple accept agnate figures. The chat is a admixture of mere, the Old English chat for “sea,” and maid, which has retained its aboriginal sense. Mermaids arise to accept the anatomy of a angle and the physique of a woman.
Much like sirens, mermaids would sometimes sing to sailors and allure them, confusing them from their plan and causing them to airing off the accouter or run their ships aground. Added belief accept them binding the activity out of drowning men while attempting to accomplishment them. They are aswell said to yield bodies down to their underwater kingdoms. In Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little mermaid it is said that they overlook that bodies cannot breathe underwater, while others say they asphyxiate men out of spite.
The sirens of Greek belief are sometimes portrayed in afterwards ballad as mermaid-like; in fact, some languages use the aforementioned chat for both bird and angle creatures, such as the Maltese chat ‘sirena’. Added accompanying types of allegorical or allegorical beastly are baptize fairies (e.g. assorted baptize nymphs) and selkies, animals that can transform themselves from seals to humans.
Tales of mermaids are about universal. The aboriginal accepted mermaid belief appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC. Atargatis, the mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, was a goddess who admired a bitter attend and in the action dead him. Ashamed, she jumped into a basin to yield the anatomy of a fish, but the amnion would not burrow her all-powerful beauty. Thereafter, she took the anatomy of a mermaid — beastly aloft the waist, angle beneath — admitting the ancient representations of Atargatis showed her as getting a angle with a beastly arch and legs, agnate to the Babylonian Ea. The Greeks accustomed Atargatis beneath the name Derketo. Prior to 546 BC, the Milesian philosopher Anaximander proposed that flesh had sprung from an amphibian breed of animal. He anticipation that humans, with their continued infancy, could not accept survived aboriginal on. This abstraction does not arise to accept survived Anaximander’s death.
A accepted Greek fable has Alexander the Great’s sister, Thessalonike, about-face into a mermaid afterwards she died. She lived, it was said, in the Aegean and if sailors would appointment her, she would ask them alone one question: “Is Alexander the baron alive?” (Greek: Ζει ο βασιλιάς Αλέξανδρος;), to which the actual acknowledgment would be “He lives and still rules” (Greek: Ζει και βασιλεύει). Any added acknowledgment would activation her into a rage, area she adapted into a Gorgon and meant doom for the address and every sailor onboard.
Lucian of Samosata in Syria (2nd aeon AD) in De Dea Syria (“Concerning the Syrian Goddess”) wrote of the Syrian temples he had visited:
“Among them – Now that is the acceptable adventure a part of them apropos the temple. But added men affirm that Semiramis of Babylonia, whose accomplishments are abounding in Asia, aswell founded this site, and not for Hera Atargatis but for her own Mother, whose name was Derketo”
“I saw the affinity of Derketo in Phoenicia, a aberrant marvel. It is woman for bisected its length, but the added half, from thighs to feet, continued out in a fish’s tail. But the angel in the Angelic City is absolutely a woman, and the area for their annual are not actual clear. They accede fishes to be sacred, and they never eat them; and admitting they eat all added fowls, they do not eat the dove, for she is angelic so they believe. And these things are done, they believe, because of Derketo and Semiramis, the aboriginal because Derketo has the appearance of a fish, and the added because ultimately Semiramis angry into a dove. Well, I may admission that the temple was a plan of Semiramis perhaps; but that it belongs to Derketo I do not accept in any way. For a part of the Egyptians, some humans do not eat fish, and that is not done to account Derketo